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New Ghirl Cheyenne Shorts desperate to get into action for the Celts

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By Colette Carr

For new defender Cheyenne Shorts, it’s all about getting game-time in the Hoops after a COVID-ravaged year and a half at Orlando Pride and Saint Etienne forced her out of action.

Fran Alonso strengthened his defence with the signing of the centre back from the NWSL side and the American admitted she’s desperate to get out onto the pitch and represent the Celts, after the pandemic hit pause on her up-and-coming career so far.

The 22-year-old also said the chance to play in the Champions League was too big an opportunity to turn down, as she explained why Celtic was the right switch for her.

“It’s just such an incredible, huge club with an amazing history that I can’t wait to be a part of,” Shorts began.

“I was really excited to be a part of a growing league and when I had my first meeting with Fran it was really telling of his ideas and ambitions of the team, and his style of play fit really well with what I want to develop.

“The Champions League is also a dream of mine so it was hard to pass up, and I’m really excited. Everyone here speaks English which is great coming in from France, and its nice even just having breakfast and lunch together to sit and talk with the girls and make friends.

“With the type of person and type of player I am, I think I do better when I have those personal relationships. I think getting those relationships will be very beneficial but I’m excited to get to know them all. Everyone has been so nice already and the coaches are awesome so I’ve had a great start.”

While the Coronavirus has undoubtedly affected world football, it does seem that while players across the globe returned to play, Shorts couldn’t seem to catch a break despite leaving the States in search of game-time. 

She said: “I’m from Denver and went to university there and played all four years, but in my senior year I got drafted into the NWSL and Orlando Pride. So I left and into pre-season there, but then COVID hit and the season was cancelled and everyone went home, which I’m sure would’ve been the case here as well. They then decided to do the Challenge Cup which was the bubble tournament, so I went through another pre-season and the day before we were about to leave for it, a bunch of people tested positive so we had to drop out.

“At that point, that was the only thing the NWSL were doing and I really wanted to get some games in, so I went to France and Saint Etienne in September. I started training with them and got some friendlies and a game in, but the next week France went into lockdown again from their second wave, and the games were postponed and eventually cancelled. I was there from mid-September until April training but we had no games, so I went back to Orlando this summer, but I then got a call from Fran, and I thought, ‘let’s do it, I’m excited for a new challenge’.”

And she’s now hoping that hunger and her impressive athleticism can benefit Celtic, with the centre half raring and ready to go.

“I definitely need to get out and get back into the groove of everything, but I’m happy to be thrown right into the deep end. I’ve been training and waiting all year to finally start playing, so I can’t wait for games and to be able to develop. 

“I’m pretty physical - I think my strongest attribute is my athleticism, but then I think building my relationships off of the field is really helpful, so I’m excited to try and bring both of those sides to the club,” she added. 


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