Rebecca McAllister: League Cup success makes us hungry for more trophies


By Colette Carr

Celtic FC Women kick off their Scottish Cup campaign this weekend with an away tie against Edinburgh City, and the Hoops are hoping that their League Cup success will provide the perfect platform to deliver further silverware in 2022.

Rebecca McAllister is determined to play her part in the remainder of the campaign, having missed much of the action so far this season through injury.

And having cheered on her team-mates to victory in the League Cup final against Glasgow City at Firhill last month, she's got her sights set on the two remaining competitions this season - the league and Scottish Cup.

Speaking to the official Celtic website, McAllister said: “We’ve already had a taste of it and now we want more.

'Being at a club like Celtic it’s all about winning - you go into every competition wanting to win every game and it doesn’t matter if it’s the League Cup, Scottish Cup or the league, we always want to win.'

“It’s definitely fuelled a hunger in me since I’ve gone half a season of not making an impact in games. Now I’m ready to kick on and do everything I can so that, if we hopefully do lift the cup or the league, I can say I’ve played a part and I have a real hunger for that.”

Championship South outfit, Edinburgh City, sit two divisions below the SWPL Cup champions, but McAllister said the Hoops are aware of the unknown challenge they face and know they must get their Scottish Cup run off to a strong start.

“It’s our first game back after Christmas," she said, "so we don’t have any form behind us and we don’t know anything about them.

"It's always harder when you don’t know who you’re playing against and we really need to make a great impact, start sharp and be ready to kick on."

In the last game before the winter break, the teenager replaced Liv Chance in Celtic’s comprehensive 7-0 win over Motherwell - her first minutes since coming on against Minsk in the Champions League way back in August.

She was delighted to be back on the pitch again, describing it as an early Christmas present. Now she is aiming for more minutes in 2022. 

“It was really important and it gave me a lift over that Christmas break," she explained. “The team were playing really well so it helps you settle in and you feel less pressure and you can play with freedom, which is always a good thing.

"It’s always difficult to come off such a big high such as winning the cup to come back down to earth and focus.

"Motherwell are a good team and we knew it would be a tough game, so we’re really proud of ourselves on how we never got carried away with such a big victory.”

Celtic take on Edinburgh City in the Scottish Cup this Sunday, January 9 at Foresters Park, Tranent (KO: 2:30pm)

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