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Red alert: Caitlin and Kirsty McGuinness have signed for Cliftonville Ladies

Red alert: Caitlin and Kirsty McGuinness have signed for Cliftonville Ladies

Red alert: Caitlin and Kirsty McGuinness have signed for Cliftonville Ladies

Cliftonville Ladies manager John McGrady has declared that his targets for the 2021 season have changed after signing three of Kenny Shiels' Women's Euro 2022-bound stars.

The Reds sent out a real statement of intent when they announced the capture of goalscoring sisters Caitlin and Kirsty McGuinness as well as Louise McDaniel, who was wanted by a series of clubs after returning home from spells with Blackburn Rovers Ladies and Heart of Midlothian.

The McGuinness sisters arrive at Solitude after spending last season with Sion Swifts Ladies, who they joined in a shock move from Linfield Ladies just a matter of days before the 2020 season kicked off.

McGrady may not be finished there either in terms of adding international quality to his squad ahead of the first match of the season away to Derry City Women next Wednesday night.

"It moves our target down the road a little bit and we need to be in there challenging," said McGrady.

"Those signings could make any team a better team and push any team on to challenge for the league.

"We are hoping that it adds depth and quality to the squad, and the players have real match-winning qualities and could be the difference in a lot of games."

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Last season Cliftonville wononly two of their 10 games in a shortened season - both, ironically, against Derry City - which saw them finish in fifth place.

But suddenly their own aspirations and the expectations of others will see them tipped to be among those fighting with holders Glentoran Women for the title.


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