Wales International Anna Filbey signed a loan deal with Celtic on the last day of the January transfer window and the 21 year old Tottenham ball-player in now ready to get her time in Scotland started after the frustrations of the extended shutdown of the SWPL1 due to the ongoing pandemic restrictions. This allowed her time to go away on international duty with the Welsh before belatedly heading up to Glasgow to begin training with the Celtic Women first-team.
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And Filbey is now ready to fight for a place in Fran Alonso’s exciting side that is involved in a close title race with both Glasgow City and theRangers.
“It’s really nice to get up here, it was sprung on me a bit,” Anna laughed, “but I already knew Fran (Alonso) a little bit, and as soon as I spoke to him about the philosophies of the club and their ambition it really sealed it for me,” Filbey told Colette Carr at Celtic FC Women’s official website.
“I’m a ball player – I like being on the ball and from speaking to Fran that’s what you guys want to do here, so I think I can bring that, but for me, I need to play. I want to fight for my shirt here and bring whatever I can to the team,” she added.
Filbey has now had the chance to meet her new team-mates and has already been made to feel right at home at Celtic. “I knew little bits about the league. I’m good friends with Erin Cuthbert and she’s told me bits, but from training here I can already see the standard is here so it’s going to build.
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“Everyone has been so welcoming already. They’re so chatty already and it’s really nice because it’s calmed my nerves a bit, but being around them 24/7 will be really nice. I’ve never had that before so I’m looking forward to it!
“I know Fran from Lewes. I played against his team and I was at centre mid, which I think I might be looking at here, but recently I’ve been playing at centre back so I might be chopping and changing between those two, but I’m looking forward to it.
“I’m happy to just be on the pitch – I’ll play wherever I’m told to!”