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Congrats To Celtic’s Most Improved Player As He Gets The Recognition He Deserves.

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The news tonight from the Scotland camp, that Tony Ralston is finally getting the recognition that his excellent Celtic form deserves, is well overdue.

It is poor that it has taken this long, and that it emerged from a crisis within the squad, to happen, but the player will not care about that at all. He has arrived. First his new contract with the club, and now this.

Few players have deserved this more and I say that still smiling at the incongruity of the whole situation, where we are delighted for a player who a year ago none of us believed had a future at Celtic Park. A player many folks had actually forgotten about entirely and the rest had written off. His turnaround has been absolutely remarkable.

But the way he has turned the corner, in football terms, has not been nearly half as amazing as the mental fortitude that Ralston showed during the summer and the early part of the season, which has undoubtedly played a part in his development as a player.

Ralston was our only right back when Ange arrived, and for every single day of first training, then pre-season and then the early part of the transfer window including the opening series of games, this guy got up every single morning to social media digs and barbs and the newspapers running constant stories about who was going to replace him.

None of it fazed him. None of it got him down.

Think of the strength that takes.

Think of what it requires, and on top of that he managed to fit into the manager’s new style better than just about any other footballer at the club. That is really amazing.

Every but of praise is deserved.

The contract he just signed has been earned.

He has so impressed the manager that the right back we did sign, and for big money, is currently playing on the left side of the pitch because Ralston is too good to drop at the moment.

Recognition from the national coach is the icing on the cake.

I cannot remember a more complete reversal in the fortunes of a footballer at Parkhead, and he’s still only 22 so he has years at the top in front of him. And Ralston looks as if he’s looking forward to it all.

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  • Paul Fitzgerald says:

    The praise you dish out to this guy is crazy. Sure, he’s improving, sure he’s proved a lot of people wrong, including me, and sure he’s demonstrated that he’s a capable and competent back-up; at SPFL level. But if you honestly think that he (or Greg Taylor) can take us forward as a club, you’re deluded. Anthony Ralston, for all his endeavour, has the worst first touch of any Celtic player I’ve ever watched. He can get to the byline and make killer crosses- that makes him a feel asset…but until he can control the ball better, and make routine passes to his own player, he’s absolutely NOT our solution at RB

  • Solas sa Saoirse says:

    If you have got nothing positive to say … ?

  • Solas sa Saoirse says:

    You are denigrating a guy who is trying! You couldn’t really sink any lower, could you?

  • Nick66 says:

    Anthony Ralston is not the finished article Paul. 22 and still learning, however, he is learning and improving and deserves the chance he has to become a better player. I will support the lad as long as he carries on the standard he is at and develops the parts that need twerking. Delighted he’s got a shot at Scotland.

  • Solas sa Saoirse says:

    Using your super duper mega intelligent brain as well. What have you ever done to “Take Our Club Forwards”, eh?

  • Solas sa Saoirse says:

    Your type. You buy a Programme once every twenty years and you think that gives you the right to talk shite about our team’s players. You should get your next season ticket renewed at Ibrokes next time!

  • Solas sa Saoirse says:

    You’re a wanker! Paul.

  • Jim Duffy says:

    Well done big Ralston ,I’ll never forget how he laughed in neymars face ,class from the big man and he looks like he will protect his team mates ,much like Tommy gemmel protected jinky.

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