Anna Filbey: I'm ready to fight for my shirt at Celtic


By Colette Carr

For deadline day loanee Anna Filbey, coming to Scotland for the remainder of the season brings a very clear objective; to fight for her place in Fran Alonso’s starting eleven.

The Wales International was Alonso’s fourth and final deal of the winter window and an exciting capture for the manager, who finally welcomed Filbey to Scotland after the extended shutdown to the SWPL1. 

Despite the rush to secure her signature, the 21-year-old had time to mentally prepare for the move north, enjoying time on international duty with the Welsh camp, and comes into the fold in Glasgow ready having trained through the winter months with both club and country. But the wait was worth it for Filbey, who is delighted to finally get going in the Hoops.

“It’s really nice to get up here, it was sprung on me a bit,” she laughed, “but I already knew Fran 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.”

After crossing the North London divide having been a product of the Arsenal youth system, the former England youth has amassed over 20 Women’s Super League appearances and won her Wales debut, and she’s hoping to use that experience to help her stake her claim for a starting position in her time in Scotland.

“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 told.

Coming from such an established league in the women’s game, Filbey believes the Scottish top flight will only keep improving after being impressed by the ranks at Celtic after just one session, before discussing how any nerves ahead of arriving in Scotland were quickly dissipated by her new teammates.

She said: “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.

“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!”

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