Anthony Ralston Celtic injury update and why he had to come off

By David Walton

December 3, 2021

Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou has provided an injury update on Anthony Ralston as he explained why the right-back had to come off.

Ralston went down in the first half after setting up Kyogo’s winning goal and looked visibly upset at what had occurred. The Celtic supporters’ concern was also evident but it was unclear as to what was actually wrong with him.

Adam Montgomery was given an opportunity in his place with Josip Jurnanovic moving over to right-back. It was a mjor blow to see Tony go off, especially given the impact he had already made in the game.

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And speaking post-match at a press conference in which 67HailHail were in attendance, Postecoglou said: “Obviously we’ve picked up a couple of injuries. We don’t know the extent but we’ll find out. I’m hoping it’s not too serious

“Tony’s probably the one that’s most concerning certainly because for him to come off I’d assume it’s something significant but we don’t know.”

Ange would also say the following in his Sky Sports interview post-match [02/12, 22:01] as he explained what actually happened to Tony:

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“Tony sort of felt something on his ankle which is disappointing because he has been outstanding for us.”

Anthony Ralston absence a big blow for Celtic

Ralston’s injury couldn’t be coming at a worse time of the season. We still have as many as 8 games this month in what’s by far the most packed period of the campaign.

Now, we go into it with only one available right-back in Josip Juranovic. With Ralston out, it leaves us extremely bare if anything should happen to Josip. Celtic will be hoping any knock to Tony isn’t serious, but when you hear about ankle damage it’s difficult to be optimistic.

This is something Ralston has had problems with in the past. He damaged his ankle ligaments back in 2019 too. So there’s previous there, and it certainly sounds as though Postecoglou is concerned.

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However, you could also flip it around with regards to the injury news on other players. Hopefully it means that Jota hasn’t picked up anything major with regards to his hamstring. The same goes for Stephen Welsh who was also holding the back of his thigh as he came off in the second half last night.

It’s a nightmare period of the season to be picking up knocks and counting the cost of one game in isolation. But this is why we have a squad. We still have options available to us that should ensure we have a successful month, so there are no excuses here.

Hopefully, we prove that to be the case on Sunday.

In other news, There was one thing about Celtic last night that still left Ange Postecoglou frustrated