Ex-Celtic Midfielder Marc Crosas Says He No Longer Wants to be Known as Spanish

Ex-Celtic Midfielder Marc Crosas Says He No Longer Wants to be Known as Spanish

Former Celtic player Marc Crosas has insisted that he no longer wants to be referred to as a Spanish player, and claims he only represents Catalonia and Mexico.

The midfielder was born in the city of Girona, in Spain’s northeastern Catalonia region, but with debate in the country raging over Catalan independence, Crosas has his mind firmly made up.

Having came through the youth ranks at Barcelona, and having represented Spain at under-17, under-19 and under-21 level, the 28-year-old is ready to turn his back on the country of his birth to concentrate on representing Catalonia, whom he has played for twice, despite FIFA failing to recognise the region as an independent football nation.

In an interview with Spanish newspaper Marca, Crosas was clear when asked about his nationality.

He said: “You know what I think about this. I am Catalan and Mexican, not Spanish.

“My countries are Catalonia and Mexico. Spain does not represent me, although I am independent, non-separatist.

“But regardless of my political affinity and my nationalistic sentiments, I follow Spanish football and I was glad of Spain’s victory in South Africa [winning the 2010 World Cup], especially when I saw Puyol and Xavi carrying the star.”

Currently playing for Tenerife in Spain Segunda Division, a level below La Liga, Crosas became something of a cult favourite amongst Celtic supporters when he signed back in 2008, but managed just 51 league appearances for the Hoops in three years.

What do you make of his comments on playing for Spain and Catalonia?

Let us know in the comments section below…



Deputy Editor

More in Football


Hibs Fans Urge Club to Sign Up Ross County Striker Liam Boyce

Daniel CawApril 28, 2017

Video: Inverness Keeper Ryan Esson Throws in Epic Howler Against Ross County

Daniel CawApril 28, 2017

Manchester United Fans Really Aren’t Keen on the Joe Hart Rumours

Daniel CawApril 28, 2017

Spurs Confirm Wembley Move…And Some Fans Reckon They’ll Get Relegated

Daniel CawApril 28, 2017
Toni Kroos

Liverpool Manager Jurgen Klopp is a BIG Fan of ‘Genius’ Toni Kroos

Daniel CawApril 28, 2017

Borussia Dortmund Look Set to Play in Black and Yellow Hoops Next Season

Daniel CawApril 28, 2017

David De Gea Wishes Juan Mata Happy Birthday…Whilst Taking Dig at Chelsea

Daniel CawApril 28, 2017
Optimized-Screen Shot 2017-04-28 at 13.33.16

Video: Celtic Fan Spots Rangers Players in Cafe.. Sings ‘This is How it Feels to be Celtic’ to Them

Stuart HyndApril 28, 2017
Optimized-Screen Shot 2017-04-28 at 13.24.34

Video: Was Eric Bailly’s Display v City Confirmation He’s Next Nemanja Vidic?

Jonny BoyleApril 28, 2017