Celtic are set to make history by becoming the first Scottish club to field a full-time professional women’s team.
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The Hoops have committed themselves to a major investment in the new year in what will be a huge boost for the women’s game.
The restructure will mean the women’s side will work to a daily training schedule mirroring the men’s first team under Brendan Rodgers.
Scotland’s women’s team will feature at a World Cup finals for the first time next summer, with Shelley Kerr’s squad to go full-time in the build-up to France.
And the Parkhead club have now taken a huge decision of their own in a bid to take their women’s team to the next level.
Celtic Women have already made major advances by establishing a fixed home base at K Park in East Kilbride while they appointed former Glasgow City boss Eddie Wolecki Black in July.
A club insider said: “We have made strides in recent years but we are always looking for improvements and we believe this is the best way forward.
“There is some work to do in terms of bringing things together but that work is already under way and we hope next year to have a top-class full-time professional set-up for our women’s team.
“Celtic has always been a club open to all and the development and promotion of women’s football is right at the top of the club’s agenda.”
The club have created a modern apprenticeship programme where young girls will be paid to play and can also study for a sports performance qualification at the end of their term.