New signing Brenda Lopez Castellano: Celtic’s style suits me


Brenda Signs

New signing Brenda Lopez Castellano says she’s ready to “achieve her dreams” here at Celtic, as she becomes Fran Alonso’s second signing since his arrival.

The 27-year-old joins Celtic on a professional contract from Femarguin, the host club of the BeCordial tournament the Celts took part in in Gran Canaria in January, where she caught the eye of Alonso.

And despite swapping the sunkissed Spanish island for the storm-swept west coast of Scotland, the new number 31, who goes by Brenda, says she is thrilled to finally be here and ready to knuckle down.

“I’m delighted to be here and can’t wait to start working with the group,” she said at Celtic Park.

“I’ve been nervous during the process because I was anxious to come to Celtic, because I was looking forward to working here and achieve one of my dreams.

“I never expected it!” she confessed, having just completed the whirlwind deal.

The central midfielder got a glimpse into what life at Celtic could be like from her own back yard when the Hoops played Bayer Leverkusen and Canarian team Union Viera in her previous home ground the Estadio Municipal last month.

And despite those games only being Alonso’s first two matches in charge, she was impressed with the foundations of what could come for this team, believing she can slot into the system well.

“I watched Celtic play Bayer Leverkusen and I liked the team. Fran told me that was their first game together as a team and I saw many things I liked about it.

“Celtic’s style suits me. Fran likes to have the ball, and I like to have the ball too so I think we will understand each other very well,” she said.

The midfielder also took notice of the “noisy” Celtic support that came out to support Alonso’s side in both matches, and the mix of Scottish and Spanish Celtic fans left an impression on the Canarian, who admits she just can’t wait to get the ball rolling now.

“I saw and heard them a lot against Leverkusen. They were noisy and very enthusiastic and in the second game against Viera, it was nice to see how much they celebrated.

“I have been playing for a long time but I always want to learn and improve and hopefully I can do that here and reach the highest point of my career with Celtic,” she told.

Celtic play St Johnstone in the second Group A game of the SWPL Cup on Sunday, February 16 at McDiarmid Park at 4pm.

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