Anthony Ralston opens up on his 'brilliant' relationship with Celtic teammate

By Lewis Laird

May 20, 2022

Football can be a very cut-throat industry.

Eleven players start at the beginning of the 90 minutes each week, with a squad of players competing for one of the spots in the starting line-up.

That is a luxury that Postecoglou has been afforded in certain areas of the park this season, including at right-back with two great options in Anthony Ralston and Josip Juranovic.

However, there is no bad blood whatsoever from the Celtic duo, according to Ralston.

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Both players have competed to a high standard throughout the campaign to determine who is the starting right-back within this Celtic team.

Ralston held the upper hand over the Croatian in the early stages of the season, with Juranovic switching over to left-back at times.

The former Legia Warsaw man was then seen as the starting right-back for much of the second half of the season before picking up an injury and missing out on the final games of the campaign.

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Despite competing for the same starting spot, Ralston has opened up on the relationship between the two, admitting that they get along well and push each other to get better each day.

The 22-year old showed the nature of this Celtic side, stating that both players try to help one another as much as possible to achieve success.

He said [Daily Record]: “Me and Josip’s relationship is brilliant, both on and off the park.

“If Josip’s in and playing, then I’m there fully supporting him through every game, and I want the best for him.

“If I’m in and playing, then he does the exact same for me. He encourages me.

“We speak through things; we’ve both been asked to play a different role. We’ve got a friendly relationship off the park. We get on very well.

“So, of course, it’s a healthy competitive nature. But at the same time, we’re very much supporting each other to do the best for the team.”

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Ralston’s comments here perfectly sum up the nature of this Celtic team.

On a daily basis, these players will be competing for a place in Postecoglou’s starting 11. However, they recognise that this is a squad game, and they must help each other as much as possible.

Many fans have loved watching this team in action, due to how close they are and the relationship they have created with the support.

Long may that continue, and hopefully, the players can continue to learn from one another.

In other news, The disrespect of Celtic has come to a crushing and curiously silent end.