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Crosson raring to go after strange start to life in Scotland

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Joining from NWSL outfit Houston Dash, Megan Crosson’s career has seen her travel far and wide across three continents, but her move to Scotland and Celtic brought unique challenges before she could even kick a ball. 

But having completed the necessary self-isolation period that prevented her from getting straight off the mark with the Celts, Fran Alonso’s first summer signing is raring to go.

“It’s nice to finally be here and get sorted. The 14 day isolation had it’s challenges but I’m happy to be here and I know it will have been worth it. Everyone has been so friendly and genuine and supportive so it seems like they’ve created a really professional environment for the team to succeed, so I’m really happy to be here,” she began.

“Two weeks can feel like a month, but the team have been so supportive, stopping by with food and a bike so I can get some fitness in and stay sane, so they were really helpful in keeping me going. 

Dangerous winger Crosson becomes the latest in a string of Stateside players to cross the Atlantic and ply their trade in Scotland, and the third American in Alonso’s squad, joining Summer Green and fellow Californian Sarah Teegarden. In strange times, it’s a home comfort she’s thankful to have in Glasgow she told.

“I've been following the Scottish League and the Americans that moved here and I'm excited to experience everything I've heard and I know it's becoming more and more competitive. 

She said: “It's definitely really comforting. I'd never met either of them, so I don't know them personally, but I do feel like I know Sarah just through communicating the past few weeks. She's really sweet and it's nice to have someone from California and I've heard great things about Summer so it's definitely nice.”

Despite having to contend with the initial quarantine period, her experiences of moving within the States, to Japan, Lithuania and Spain will be beneficial to settling into Scottish life she believes, as she gets ready to dive into a new adventure on and off the field. 

“I'm grateful for that. I think it will be easier to settle in having done it before. 

“It gets a bit easier - your perspective grows from adjusting to different cultures and you have new techniques to do so, so I think I'm a more mature person and more than prepared to do it. I love experiencing different cultures and styles of play and like I said, I'm grateful for that. I think they've made me a more well-rounded player as well as a more well-rounded person, so it does help,” she admitted. 

The 26-year-old arrived with a number of feathers in her cap, namely her time at NWSL sides Dash and Washington Spirit. With that, she is hoping to apply that elite experience in her time in the Hoops, and impart her wisdom with upcoming Celtic stars. 

“I loved my time in the States and I was lucky enough to play with some world-class players and I'm happy to share my experience with any younger players over here and I think that the atmosphere in America helped me develop in many positions on the field and helped me develop immensely as a player so I think it will help,” she said. 

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


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