Celtic’s growing ambitions were one huge piece of the puzzle for Caitlin Hayes when deciding to move north for the 20/21 season, with Celtic’s Champions League hopes a huge draw she admits.
Along with the opportunity to reunite with former Lewes manager Fran Alonso, and the chance to pull on the Hoops, the defender told how the chance to potentially play Champions League football again was too good to turn down.
Having played and scored in Europe while plying her trade in Cyprus, the 24-year-old explained how the environment the tournament brings is unrivalled as she gears up to help the Celts in the SWPL1.
“I played Champions League in Cyprus and the whole atmosphere and environment the Champions League creates in a team is unlike any competition I've been a part of,” she began.
“The excitement of travelling and everything about it is something I'll never forget, so it’s huge to know that this is a team also striving for that.”
With experience against Europe’s elite and in the US collegiate system, Hayes brings further depth to Alonso’s backline, hoping to use that to the side’s advantage.
She said: “Every experience I’ve had will help me here and I can learn from past mistakes, but I can take the successes and bring them while learning from everyone else. Hopefully everyone can come together and cultivate an environment of success and pushing forward to challenge for the league and Champions League.”
Celtic kick off the SWPL1 20/21 season at home to Glasgow City on Sunday, October 18.
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