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Nicolson gives club and country update after Portuguese experience

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Academy new Ghirl, Kate Nicolson, only found out about Celtic’s late show in the cup from the group chat, as she was over 1800 miles away in Portugal on international duty.

Nicolson missed out on the weekend’s dramatic late win over Boroughmuir Thistle as a last-minute winner sent the Academy into the hat for the second round of the cup. While she wishes she could have been there, her Scotland under-16s experience allows her to raise her own game and in turn her new club.

Kate then travelled with Scotland under-16s to Monte Gordo in Portugal to face the hosts Portugal, the Netherlands and Germany in a testing trip.

Signing from Central at Christmas, Nicolson has been involved in the international system at U16s and U17s level and aged 15, she told of how the experience of seeing the game from a different perspective has benefitted her development.

“It’s good to get away – it’s really professional how they do it and it’s like you’re a first team player so it’s a great experience.

 “You see different ways of playing the games and systems. We had three challenging games at U16 level, playing three top European teams. They were hard but it’s good for all the girls to see how other nations play the game. It was hard but I thought we did well to compete.”

Nicolson returned to a happy camp as Celtic continued their 100% start in 2019 following Sunday’s victory and she spoke about how the club will approach their cup defence and what’s next for her.

“We were busy that day but I seen it all in the group chat after, all the drama after fulltime seemed quite exciting. Everyone will be out to take it away from us so we just need to defend it best we can.

Nicolson said, “For club, it’s about being the best I can every week. I’ve come from a smaller club so it’s about showing that I can compete in a bigger club with better players and still get a game in the team. At international level it’s the same to just push on, play at the highest level I can and still be a part of it all.”

Celtic Academy host Hamilton Accies 23s on Sunday 24 February in a return to the SWFL Division 1 South at K-Park in a 4pm kick-off.


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