Passing early Aberdeen test bodes well for the season says McCormick


With the Under-19s’ getting their title defence off to a perfect start with a 2-0 win away to lasts season’s runner-ups Aberdeen, co-captain Elise McCormick is excited by the side’s potential this year after passing the difficult early test.

Celtic only defeated the Dons in the Scottish Cup final last season, having drawn every league game against the side to see the championship go down to the final day, so to not only lay down an early marker, but put on a strong performance, was extremely pleasing for the teenager.

“It’s brilliant to start on a positive note against tough competition. We didn’t beat them in the league last season, so to go in and set that marker of ‘we’re here to compete, and here to retain our title’. The first game is always going to be a challenging one, but to go away and win at a tough park is brilliant,” she began.  

“It was an outstanding performance for the whole 90 minutes. It was a performance I’ve never seen from the 19s, so it’s puts it into perspective what kind of season we could have.

 “Aberdeen are a really good side and will be tough for other teams to break down, but how we’ve come together showed in our performance. We’re training four/five times a week and the standard is always high,” she explained.

Despite a stop-start pre-season period, the Under-19s have benefited from training alongside the first team, and like Kaitlyn Canavan, McCormick believes it will give them an edge playing in the Performance League.

She said: “The standard of player in the first team is different class, so to work very closely with them is a great thing. It ensures our standard of training is amazing and we’re always pushed.

“We’re being tested against top players who have just beaten Glasgow City, so it shows where Celtic is right now.

“The things Fran’s brought to raise professionalism here is great so having that link is amazing. It’ll give us a great advantage going into the 19s Performance League.”

Next up for the Under-19s is another tricky test in the visit of Spartans this Sunday, but McCormick is confident they can produce another positive result.

“It’s another brand-new team so hopefully we can keep the same quality throughout but I have every faith in every player,” she told. 

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