“It was a great feeling. Not many people even get a chance to play in the Scottish Cup so to win it is amazing.” These were the words of Celtic captain Kathleen McGovern moments after lifting the trophy at the end of a gruelling, but ultimately successful Scottish Cup campaign.
The final hurdle on the road to glory came in the shape of a Hearts team that more than matched Celtic for large periods of the match, but ultimately came up short as two late goals gave Celtic the victory coach Tina Ferguson believed their performance deserved.
“It was a very tight match” she said, “but I think over the course of the game we were the better team and deserved to win.”
She was also keen to highlight the progress the squad has made along the way, believing each performance to be better than the last. The key to this, in her eyes, is the player’s commitment to developing both individually and as a team.
“The work the girls have put in has been fantastic, I couldn’t ask for any more. Every week they’re pushing themselves to be better players with results like this making all the hard work worth it.”
McGovern too was full of praise for her teammates, “They’re all great. I’m really lucky to play with them” before she and Ferguson joked that the “banter” at the club was one of the key factors in the team’s success.
Although it was a tongue-in-cheek remark, the togetherness in and around the squad immediately stands out; from the pre-match huddle of the players to the large and vocal support of the fans in the stand, there is an immediate sense that everyone at Celtic is pulling in the same direction and enjoying themselves as they go.
However, it goes without saying that it’s a lot easier to enjoy your football when you’re in a winning team so for Ferguson, it’s all about looking forward.
“The season isn’t over for us yet. We’ve still got another league match to play so we’ll be giving that our full attention. After that, it’s all about the girls; how they can develop and become better players because that’s ultimately why we’re here.”
With the right attitude, a talented squad and an intelligent coach, there’s little doubt that this Celtic team will enjoy a lot more success in the future. The road to Toryglen 2014 may be over but the road to Toryglen 2015 is just beginning.