Frank McAvennie Hits Potential Player Of The Season Candidate With Building Site Jibe

Anthony Ralston has been excellent this season. That is a statement which few fair minded football fans will disagree with. He’s scored goals both domestically and in Europe, he’s made assists, last ditch clearances and has incredible work rate.

On Wednesday 15 December, it was Ralston who rose to Celtic’s rescue with a stunning header in the 97th minute at Dingwall. Playing through injury, he was rested in the Premier Sports Cup Final, but did come on for the last 15 minutes. Incidentally, the match in which he picked up his ankle knock was against Hearts when his stunning cross provided the assist for Kyogo’s match winning goal.

A week after being the hero in Dingwall, Ralston was forced to play through the pain barrier again as Celtic were ravaged by injuries and illness. The Hoops put in a disappointing display, resulting in a 0-0 draw against St Mirren. According to McAvennie, Ralston was poor in the game and this was a sign that he had gone backwards… within seven days of being a match winner!

15th December 2021; Victoria Park, Dingwall, Scotland, Scottish Premier league football, Ross County versus Celtic; Anthony Ralston of Celtic heads the winner for Celtic in the 97th minute making it 2-1 to Celtic

Speaking to Football Insider, McAvennie said: “I was at the St Mirren game and I thought, ‘Dear me he’s gone backwards’ (Ralston).

“Oh my God, he was hopeless. He looked bit-part. Honestly, he was playing like he had just come off a building site. He was just crashing around into people. That’s the player I was always convinced wouldn’t make it.

“He looked great earlier this season, that’s why he got the Scotland call-up. But he hasn’t looked the same and I was so disappointed with him against St Mirren. I was disappointed with everyone if I’m honest but Ralston was really poor.”

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Hailing from an Irish background, I grew up in Bournemouth with the good fortune to begin watching Celtic during the Martin O'Neill era. Still living on the south coast, I have a season ticket at Paradise and also travel to European away matches when possible. I have written four Celtic books since the age of 19: Our Stories & Our Songs: The Celtic Support, Take Me To Your Paradise: A History Of Celtic-Related Incidents & Events, Walfrid & The Bould Bhoys: Celtic's Founding Fathers, First Season & Early Stars, and The Holy Grounds of Glasgow Celtic: A Guide To Celtic Landmarks & Sites Of Interest. These were/are sold in Waterstones and official Celtic FC stores, and are available on Amazon.

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  1. Not many players covered themselves in glory v st Mirren but the building site jibe is a disgrace from someone who is supposed to be a Celtic fan and as an ex player should know how hard it is to be consistent in every game especially with the amount of games we faced in such a small amount of time plus carrying an injury to boot