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Alonso: Crosson signing shows Celtic's ambition

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Fran Alonso believes the capture of Houston Dash attacker Megan Crosson is another big statement of intent from the club, with the manager excited by the qualities the American will bring to Celtic. 

The addition of the 26-year-old marked Alonso’s first piece of summer business, and with the new season rapidly approaching, he praised the winger's impressive background and style of play.

“I've known Megan since she was playing in Spain for Tenerife so I already liked her, but I knew it was a tough signing to approach,” the Spaniard began. 

“She likes the way we try to play, obviously from Spain she likes playing out from the back with possessional play, she's very athletic and has amazing experience in the first division and the USA. 

“For Celtic to bring a player in from Houston Dash is a big statement, so I'm delighted she is here and she's hopefully going to help us achieve our goals this season." 

Having played on the left wing and at left-back, Crosson’s versatility was a major attraction for the club and with experience in the NWSL, Spain, Lithuania and Japan, Alonso has no doubts she will settle into Celtic and Scottish football with ease.

“Looking at our targets Megan was obviously a priority because of her ability in different positions. She was playing left back for Tenerife and Houston Dash but she can also play as a winger. We are a team who like to attack and may have a big percentage of possession in games, so she will be mainly an attacking player but it's important that she can also play in a different position in a very efficient manner so that's definitely a good attribute to have.

“She's a very athletic player, she's fast and agile, and has huge acceleration, so she gives us options to attack quickly and will become a huge weapon. I think Scottish football will suit her in general because of how we play and in my opinion she will make a big, big impact in the league,” he added.


Celtic kick off the SWPL1 20/21 season at home to Glasgow City on Sunday, October 18.




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Mixed emotions for Alonso after League Cup victory

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Manager Fran Alonso was delighted as his side progressed into the quarter-finals of the SWPL Cup after topping Group A, but was left frustrated as a shortened warm-up period may leave him with an injury headache.

Goals from Summer Green, Sarah Ewens, Kathleen McGovern and Josephine Giard bettered Becky Galbraith’s consolation to secure a semi-final spot as they continue their unbeaten start to 2020, but it was a mixed response from Alonso.

“Our goal was to win and finish top of the group, but for me it wasn't a great day, as we need to assess one of our players for an injury now,” he confessed.

“The warm-up was too short because of the previous team on the pitch, which is an issue. We need to protect the players as things can be avoided. It affected the quality of both teams in the first half, so I wasn't very happy at the beginning.

Celtic had went ahead at the break by a single goal, but he was happy with how his side returned for the second half.

“It wasn't a great first half but we managed to get one goal, but we lifted the tempo in the second half. We had longer combinations and we had a lot of the possession and we exploited the spaces better. We scored four but missed many clear chances.

“I'm happy with the result, but unhappy with potentially having an injury now. We can’t have less than 35 minutes to warm-up,” he stated.

After a bumpy start to the group stage of the cup seen the Celts register a 0-0 draw with Glasgow Women, Celtic have netted 12 times since, with ten coming in the League Cup. And with that upturn in shots converted, Alonso believes it gives cause for confidence moving into the quarter-finals and he league campaign.

“We started the group creating 25 chances and we didn't score one, so we put a lot of emphasis on that. Since then we had a very tough challenge in Glasgow City and scored two, but we've scored ten in the other two games. We're still missing a few chances, but we're getting into good areas so it'll give us confidence to keep growing.“Now we're in the quarter-finals in a competition we really like we'll enjoy it, but refocus through the international break,” he said.


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