Champions League experience can help at Celtic, says Anita


With the exciting announcement that Scotland has been awarded two Champions League slots for next season, returning loanee Anita Marcos has reflected on her European exploits with parent club Atletico Madrid this summer, as she aims to bring that experience into this Celtic side. 

Anita’s initial loan deal at the club expired in the midst of lockdown, and she returned to her native Spain and Atletico, where she completed an intense pre-season programme ahead of their Champions League quarter final against Primera División rivals Barcelona.

And with the striker making an appearance in the narrow 1-0 defeat, she hopes that elite environment will stand her in good stead in her second stint in the Hoops, as she intends to make her mark in the SWPL1. 

“I’m still young and I feel really lucky because not everyone can play a quarter final of the Champions League - I really worked to play in it. I’m a lucky girl to be there and that experience was great for me and my growth so I want to play Champions League again,” Anita explained. 

“When I was in preseason with Atletico Madrid, it was great because there are a lot of really good players who I can grow with and learn from, so I used it to learn as much as I could and have nice times with them. It was just five minutes in the quarter final, but it was a great experience and now I’m here to play, to enjoy and try and do as well as I can.” 

Anita’s two month return to the Spanish capital reunited her with world-class teammates including Amanda Sampredo Bustos and Toni Duggan, offering the youngster more opportunities to learn ahead of heading back to Glasgow.

She said: “They have a lot of experience in the Champions League and leagues around the world, so I learned from all of them. They are all really nice people as well and if everyone knew them, they’d be very happy because it was amazing to play with all of them and have that opportunity.”

And after making her Celtic debut against Glasgow City back in February, it seems fitting her first game back is against the Champions again, with the twice Under-19s European champion ready to pick up where she left off. 

“I really need to play and score goals here. I think this year will be good because I am so excited about this great project,” she said. 

Celtic begin the 2020/2021 season away to Glasgow City on Sunday, 18 October in a 4:10pm kick-off. The game is live on BBC Alba.

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