Jun 10, 2021

'This is the strongest Celtic have ever been' - Chloe Craig

Andrew Southwick
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Celtic are the strongest they’ve ever been believes Chloe Craig, after the Parkhead side qualified for next season’s Champions League.

An 8-0 win over Motherwell ensured Fran Alonso’s side finished five points clear of third-place Rangers, although they fell three short of taking the SWPL 1 title off Glasgow City.

But Craig, 27, said she was left “speechless” after realising a dream in the Hoops.

“This has been years in the making,” Craig told Anyone’s Game. “It’s something I never thought I’d be able to accomplish with this team. But here we are, proved every single one of us all wrong, so good to finally have that in the bag and have it all secured.

“Credit to the girls on and off the park. We’ve got a group of girls who are willing to dedicate their whole lives to training, looking after themselves and just supporting each other.

“If it wasn’t for each other and having the strong relationships that we do we wouldn’t be in this position.”

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Craig was among the scorers as Celtic made it 18 goals in two games on Sunday, despite having a number of players required to self isolate following a positive Covid-19 test in the squad - four of which Alonso revealed would have been in his starting line-up.

Celtic conceded just 12 goals all season - four less than champions City. And their defence was breached just three times in the last 13 games.

“It just shows how much we’re willing to defend for each other,” said Craig. “I think this is one of the best defences we’ve ever had.”

She added: “This is the strongest team we’ve ever had, and it’s the first time we’ve really believed we can go and push the top two, top three.”