McAllister hopes first team experience can help with Scotland 17s


Rebecca McAllister

Shortly after landing back on Scottish soil from Celtic’s preseason camp in Gran Canaria, Rebecca McAllister was booked onto another flight back out to Spain, as she was re-called to the Scotland Under-17s squad for the Elite Round in Pinatar.

The attacking midfielder has been a regular face in Pauline MacDonald’s squad, and having broken her way into new Hoops boss Fran Alonso’s plans, she’s excited to see how she can use that experience with the national side this week.

“It’ll be good to get away with Scotland again,” she began, “we’ve got some tough games coming up against Poland and Sweden who are very physical teams, but I’m hoping that training with the first team will help me with the tempo and everything.

“It’s always good to see what other countries are doing, but you just try and do what you can and don’t try and be anyone else.”

McAllister’s dream start to 2020 began with Celtic’s preseason trip to Gran Canaria in January, having impressed club coaches at Academy level last season. And despite being surprised at her inclusion, she hopes to harness that experience and push on at club level too.

“It was nice to get away with the girls are really start to implement Fran’s way of playing and his tactics. Even just to get away and bond as a team it was a great trip.

“It was very unexpected, but it was a great experience seeing the level I need to be at, and what I need to do to get those opportunities and chances to train with them again,” she added.

While a new face amongst the first team, the teenager knows she isn’t alone in hoping to impress the manager. With Alonso not even in the job a month, she’s embracing the new culture and clean slate, just like her teammates are.

She said: “His training has been very high intensity, he very much goes into detail and it’s good that he focusses on the little things because it does make a big difference.

“It’s a fresh start and you just have to show what you can do. He’s got a new way of playing and if you buy into that you’ll get those opportunities.”

Scotland Under-17s play Poland on Tuesday, February 11 in Pinatar in UEFA Elite Round action at 3pm Celtic Park Time.

Celtic play St Johnstone in the second Group A game of the SWPL Cup on Sunday, February 16 at McDiarmid Park at 2pm.

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