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Excited Cara McBrearty shares gratitude on return to Celtic

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With the Women’s World Cup in the summer inspiring a wave of new players to the Scottish game, it also reignited a spark for one former player, leading to former Celtic fullback Cara McBrearty returning to the game and the club for a second spell she hopes will see silverware this year.

Swapping the red and white hoops of Hamilton Accies for the green and white back in 2014, McBrearty spent three years with the Glasgow side under David Haley, challenging herself at a new level of expectations and standards.

In the time she hung up her boots, she began to build a career in coaching. This work led to jetting off to Paris with the SFA on a coaching course at the World Cup, where on getting the bug back, Celtic coach Michael Tuohy invited her to training.

“I stopped playing for a few years, just for a few reasons, but on the coach education trip with the Scottish FA, being in that amazing atmosphere inspired me to get back into it, and with Michael being there, he invited me back along to training to see how I got on and I’ve loved it.

“Being back in that environment has been great and it’s very competitive - it just makes you want to come to training and get your head down to work hard. Even just to get into that squad, it is such a challenging environment and it’s something I strive to be involved in,” she told at Barrowfield.

The old adage that you don’t know what you have until it’s gone isn’t lost on McBrearty either though. The opportunities available to players and the environment surrounding the club is a unique one, and with the evolution of Scottish women’s football as a whole, the 24-year-old knew it was time to resume normal service.

“I stepped away and appreciated how good I had it and how good an opportunity being at a club like Celtic is,” the left back confessed. “When you take that step back you realise how much you miss it and when I’m coaching young girls, I see the opportunities that are there now and how far the women’s game has come. It is something that I do really want to be a part of and I’m grateful I’ve got the opportunity to come back to Celtic, work with the team and hopefully win something this year.

While the fullback is linking back up with some of her old clubmates, lofty changes have taken place in her absence, but knowing the stature of the club already, and seeing how it has advanced, has her convinced she’s made the right move.

“I know some of the girls here, but coming back in and having new personnel and new girls to get along with has been excellent. It’s a really good team in terms of competitiveness, but also everyone gets along really well, so it’s been a great time for me to come back in and enjoy the game again.

“Being involved on Sunday was amazing. Even though I didn’t get on the pitch, the atmosphere and the crowd was something that made me automatically think, ‘this is what I came back for’. It was unbelievable. The difference from when I was involved to that from the support was outstanding and its credit to how far they’ve come as a team.

Celtic play West Park United in the third round of the Scottish Cup on Sunday 11 August at Huntershill Sports Hub, Bishopbriggs. Kickoff is 12:45pm.


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