Celtic announced that Elena Sadiku will take charge of the women’s team of the club with a two-year contract.
Coming from a comparable position at Everton’s WSL Academy, Elena Sadiku assumes the role of Celtic Women’s first female head coach, taking over from Fran Alonso, who left for Houston Dash last month.
Assisted by interim boss David Haley, Sadiku will assume her new role in Glasgow on Monday, following the club’s SWPL game against Montrose on Sunday.
In the SWPL title race, Celtic currently trails Rangers by three points and holds a five-point lead over reigning champions Glasgow City after 16 games. Sadiku’s inaugural game in charge will be the Sky Sports Cup semi-final against their Old Firm rivals on February 19.
Elena Sadiku will have to challenge Rangers in the SWPL
Elena Sadiku said: “This is such a great day for me and my family, to join a club of Celtic’s standing and stature at such an exciting time for our women’s team.
“I genuinely feel honored to receive this wonderful opportunity and am eagerly anticipating getting started, especially with so many important games on the horizon.
“The league in Scotland has really developed in the last few years and I’ve seen that the team at Celtic have had great success. My role now is to continue this, working for and with the players to achieve greater success in terms of the league and European competitions in particular.
“I also relish the chance to positively develop and grow the wider structure and environment across all our teams and academy. I will bring passion, energy, and dedication to this role, and I can’t wait for the start.”
Sadiku, who played for FC Rosengård, Kristianstad DFF, Eskilstuna United, and Hammarby IF, also represented Sweden at various youth age groups. Unfortunately, injury forced her to retire at the age of 23.
With over seven years of coaching experience, Sadiku has contributed significantly to the field. Her coaching journey includes establishing the girls’ academy structure at Hammarby IF, coaching the Swedish champions at FC Rosengard, and gaining valuable experience in the Women’s Champions League during her tenure at Fortuna Hjørring in Denmark.