Deal Done – Claire O’Riordan signs to Celtic from MSV Duisburg!

We are thrilled to announce the transfer of the International defender Claire O’Riordan to Celtic FC of the Scotland Premier League

The centre-half become Fran Alonso’s sixth summer signing after Celtic won the race for the highly-sought after 27-year-old’s signature, joining the club from German side MSV Duisburg

And the experienced Limerick native said she was excited to see how she can fit into Celtic’s system and Alonso’s brand of football

“It feels really exciting,” She said. “I’m really excited for the challenge ahead and it’s been a really nice experience meeting the team, the coaching staff, and everyone has been so friendly and so welcoming so far

“I had a really good conversation with Fran and I really liked his philosophy of playing and that’s something I want to improve in my game

“It seemed like a good fit for both of us and I’m really looking forward to hopefully bringing my experience here.”

Lots of success in her time with Wexford Youths in the Women’s National League in Ireland, and three season’s in the Bundesliga 1, then Celtic’s double cup-winning season last term was bound to attract the defender

And while she is keen to learn and develop in Glasgow, she also can bring that winning experience, alongside her qualities from her time representing her county Limerick in Gaelic football and camogie  

She said: “Being a player, winning trophies and titles are always a goal that you’re aiming to achieve and the club being so successful last season was a great stepping stone for them

‘They want to be progressive and I want to buy into that and be part of it – hopefully going forward we can do that.’

“With my characteristics from playing GAA, I feel I have that physical attribute to my game

“Duels are a big thing and being strong in the air is what I can bring to this team and hopefully I will be able to share my experiences and the knowledge I have gained in the last few seasons, especially being in Germany

“But I want to get information from the team as well and with Fran’s philosophy.”

And now the ambitious Irishwoman is keen to get going in the SWPL season as she looks to deliver more silverware this season

She added: “Before any season I always set some personal goals and hopefully they match the team goals as well

“In the back of my mind, I have them and continue to work on them in training and games, but I’m really happy to be a little closer to home and hope to have more support from my family and friends

“I want to get stuck in. I’ve really enjoyed training so far and I’m already looking forward to the season.”

All the Best Claire and the next and exciting stage of her career

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