Ange Postecoglou gives glowing assessment of resurgent Celtic right-back Anthony Ralston

By Euan Davidson

August 10, 2021

Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou has given his praise and backing toright-back Anthony Ralston.

Ralston, rarely seen under Brendan Rodgers or Neil Lennon, emerged around the same time as Kieran Tierney. However, Tierney became a regular, before earning a big move to Arsenal. Ralston, meanwhile, has had a more difficult time of it at Celtic.

Forced into the team through a lack of investment in his position, Ralston was initially shaky. However, he’s improved massively in recent matches, even scoring against Hearts and Dundee.

And now, Ange Postecoglou has praised his work ethic and tactical adaptibility.

The Celtic boss said [Celtic TV]:

“[Ralston] has bought into how we want to play. Anyone who knows how I want my teams to play, I am fairly demanding of players. Particularly in certain positions where they are used to doing things a different way.

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“It takes a lot to buy into that, but to be fair to Anthony, from the first training session he has been really keen to understand the role and how I want him to play. And I think he has done exceptionally well, not just from an individual perspective but how he helps the team.

“I think he is enjoying himself which also makes a massive difference. And I have been really pleased with his progress.”

Ange Postecoglou impressed by oft-forgotten Celtic man Anthony Ralston

You’d struggle to find a Celtic supporter who didn’t want Anthony Ralston to succeed. It’s just that, so far, it hasn’t really worked out for him.

Who knew, then, that playing a tactically innovative system, which relies on full-backs covering more central areas, but also overlapping the winger, would be the thing that could ignite Ralston’s career?

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While Ange Postecoglou has been forced into play the right-back for crucial ties, he’s been more impressive the more game-time he gets. He’s having a Ralstonnaissance, if you will.

It seems fitting, somehow. The new Celtic boss loves proving people wrong. It makes sense, then, that he’d want the same for his players. Guys like Ryan Christie and Anthony Ralston had been written off, but now both are playing starring roles.

It’s the kind of story the manager appreciates, and supporters do too. Clearly, Celtic still need to strengthen the position, but on the evidence so far, he’s been impressive both supporters and Ange Postecoglou.

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