Hibernian Ladies today confirmed the arrival of midfielder Simone McMahon from Celtic Development, writes Richard Payne.

Simone, a former youth player with Hibs, returns to the club after spells in senior football with both Heart of Midlothian and Celtic.

The 17-year-old Scotland youth internationalist made her competitive debut in the weekend's 2-2 draw with Rangers at Petershill Park, Glasgow.

Manager Chris Roberts (pictured with Simone) was delighted to capture the signature of the gifted youngster.

Roberts said: "Simone is an exciting talent who can play in both defence and midfield.

"She will improve what is already a very competitive squad and I am very much looking forward to working with her."

Speaking about her move back to the club, Simone admitted she is excited at the thought of working with Hibs new management team, whilst also acknowledging the help and support of her former club.

She said: "I had two fantastic years playing for Paul Brownlee at Celtic and I cannot thank him enough, however I'm delighted to be back at Hibs.

"It's a terrific opportunity to join a very talented group of girls at Hibs and one that I couldn't turn down.

"I'm looking forward to working hard with my new coaches Chris and Claire [Ditchburn] to keep pushing and developing myself as a player.

"I'm really looking forward to the new challenge ahead."

With no game this weekend, McMahon will be hoping to make her home debut against her former club when Celtic visit the Hibernian Training Centre on Sunday 10 August, kick-off 3pm.

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