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Academy POTY Kate Nicolson: You’re always pushed at Celtic

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After picking up Academy Player of the Year in her maiden season at Celtic, securing a League Cup medal and captaining Scotland under-17s, centre-half Kate Nicolson she can’t wait for what 2020 might have in store.

The teenager linked up with the Celts from Central Girls and immediately made her impact as she claimed her place in the starting eleven, and having done enough to impress the coaches to be awarded the title, she said she couldn’t be happier to be at the club.

"You go into these nights thinking you might be up for an award, but it was a complete shock in the end,” she confessed.

"It could have been any of the girls. It's been a brilliant season, every single person has played out their skin, so I'm really honoured to be picked out.

"Your job at training is to try and impress the coaching staff, so for them to recognise at the end of the year that your whole season has been good is so pleasing,” she added.

But she isn’t just happy with the personal accolade that topped the season off, but her overall progress on the pitch. The draw of the standards the club demands and possibility of silverware attracted her to the club, but it was the challenging step up that really drove the teen on.

"It definitely was all about making a step up. I felt like I needed to push myself a wee bit and this season I've definitely done that, so it's been great to be among the girls and get pushed. It's even in every training session - you're always pushed here.

"I think I've come on leaps and bounds - I can tell I've made progress and I'm happy with that,” she said.

The defender’s Scotland career also went from strength to strength in 2019, culminating in her donning the captain’s armband for the under-17s in qualifying action, something she believes came from her growing success in the Hoops.

"I think knowing that you have that confidence in yourself means you can start leading other people.

"It was brilliant and it is a real honour to captain your country. That's where you want to be so I need to just keep pushing and hopefully we make it through the Elite Rounds.

"I'll certainly take confidence from everything last year, but it's also about getting the head down and working hard every session and hopefully push into the first team next season,” Nicolson added.  


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