There was more good news for island football on Saturday (March 2nd), with the announcement that 14-year-old goalkeeper Rachael Johnstone has signed for Celtic’s girls’ academy under-19s.

Rachael’s signing for the Young Hoops is a dream come true for her, and equally good news for the club, who welcomed her with the announcement that they were ‘delighted to welcome Scotland Youth International goalkeeper Rachael Johnstone’.

Rachael has played in the women’s under-19s Scotland squad in matches against Poland and Wales, and more recently against the Netherlands, Portugal and Germany as part of an international development tournament.

Congratulations flooded in for the Balallan schoolgirl from friends, fellow players and from her school, Sir E Scott in Tarbert, who said yesterday that they were “absolutely thrilled”.

Stornoway’s Celtic supporters’ club posted: “Rachael Johnson makes it to Paradise! Fantastic news, best wishes from Stornoway Saltire CSC.”

Women’s football in the islands is enjoying a golden era, with success for players including Point goalkeeper Chloe Nicolson, who signed for Rangers U-19s last month, Stornoway’s Kayleigh Mackenzie joining Inverness Caledonian Thistle WFC and defender Christine Mackinnon of Leurbost, who signed for Queen’s Park LFC in February.

The pictures show Rachael in her new goalie’s shirt (Celtic FC Women) and in action against the Netherlands in Portugal last month (Rhona Johnstone).