It has been a long time since right-back Anthony Ralston has featured for Celtic. His last appearance for the Hoops came all the way back in August 2019, when he played in the 4-1 win over AIK.

Not long after that, last September in fact, he joined St Johnstone on loan and was a regular for the Perth side, making 22 appearances before the season came to a halt.

Now he is back at Celtic, and so far this season he has yet to feature for the Hoops. However, some unexpected circumstances could lead to a resurrection of Ralston’s Celtic career.

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Light on players for the right-hand side

Celtic are in a bit of a quandary at the moment when it comes to players that can play on the right side. James Forrest is out for a few weeks with an ankle injury. One of Celtic’s other options for the right-hand side, Hatem Elhamed, is currently in Israel after testing positive for Covid-19. So he will be out of action for a while.

Anthony Ralston could return to Celtic squad

Anthony Ralston could return to Celtic squad (Photo By Seb Daly/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

That leaves only Jeremie Frimpong who can naturally play on the right-hand side. Kris Ajer has played at right-back previously, but it wouldn’t be a good idea to put him there whilst he is performing well at centre-back.

 

Has played in some big games for club

That brings us to Ralston. He could end up being a useful squad for Celtic to have whilst the team deals with the right-sided shortage. He has played in some big games before – against PSG and Rangers, for example – so Neil Lennon will have no worries about putting him in the Hoops squad for the upcoming run of fixtures.

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Anthony Ralston in action against PSG

Anthony Ralston in action against PSG (ANDY BUCHANAN/AFP via Getty Images)

Lennon must have Ralston in his plans, as he was spotted training with the first-team last week, as reported by 67HH.

Will Ralston start against Rangers on Saturday? No. However, don’t be surprised if he is at least on the bench for the Hoops. At one stage it looked like his Celtic career was over. Now he might have a chance to play a part in one of Celtic’s biggest seasons of all time.

In other news, Chris Sutton wouldn’t be surprised if Celtic play a back four against Rangers.

 

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