Anthony Ralston set for new Celtic contract after impressing Postecoglou

Celtic have opened discussions with Anthony Ralston about a new contract, according to the transfer specialist journalist Ekrem Konur. He reports: “Celtic have begun talks to extend Anthony Ralston’s contract” and few would argue that this is not well deserved for a player who has enjoyed a remarkable transformation in his fortunes under Ange Postecoglou after being discarded and ignored by the former manager Neil Lennon.

Last season Ralston made just the one start – early in January after almost the entire Celtic first team were forced to self-isolate after the flawed decision making at the club saw the squad head over to Dubai bang in the middle of a global pandemic crisis. Despite having a decent game, notably setting up the reserve striker Armstrong Oko Flex for a tap in to win the game but somehow he missed it.

Oko Flex misses a sitter put on a plate for him by Anthony Ralston

But Ralston wasn’t rewarded by Lennon and looked to be heading for the Parkhead exit until Postecoglou arrived. With no right backs at the club other than Ralston the Australian started off by cleaning the slate for everyone. Ralston got his chance and impressed the manager, willing to adapt his game to suit the requirements of Postecoglou with his inverted full-backs tactic.

And he’s also managed to grab a few goals this season. On Tuesday after a nasty challenge on Kyogo it was Anthony Ralston who got involved to bring the villain to task for the challenge. Standing up for his teammates. Staying faithful to the jersey when others were dismissive of him and now on the verge of a New Celtic deal.

Well done Tony Ralston!

 Anthony Ralston of Celtic clashes with Samy Mmaee of Ferencvaros TC during the Europa League group G match between Celtic FC and Ferencvarosi TC at Celtic Park on 19 October, 2021. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)


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