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Caitlin Hayes' gruelling route to Celtic cup final as she dodges dog mess and trains in the dark on route to Hampden

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There has been nothing glamorous about Caitlin Hayes’ drive for glory this season. 5am sprints in a dingy local park as she swerves the dog poo.

No alcohol. No junk food. Meals weighed out to give the exact amount of protein and carbs. A Chinese takeout as a rare Sunday post-game treat has been the extent of the high life.

And as Celtic look to round off a season that has promised much but delivered no trophies yet, Hayes is determined that this evening’s celebration will involve lifting the Scottish Cup – and celebrating with a honey shredded chicken and a Monday long-lie. “I eat less and train more!” said Hayes about the awesome stats that have made her the fastest centre-back in the SWPL this season. "I have worked hard.

I have a guy called Tim Tack who gets me up at 5am and that is what I do. We are on a pitch with no lights and dodging dog poo – there is nothing glamorous about it. “But he says that if I turn up to every session then I am the only one who can hold myself back.

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