Anthony Ralston outlines the next step for him at Celtic after big weekend

By David Walton

November 22, 2021

Celtic defender Anthony Ralston has stated that the next step for him to get his hands on some silverware after being on the fringes of previous successes.

Ralston made his Celtic debut back in 2015. Since then, he’s often had to watch on from the sidelines as the Hoops secured trophy after trophy. The player’s impact on these moments being nothing beyond minimal.

However, this season it’s been a different story for him. After emerging in the summer as a plausible right-back option, Ralston has played every minute of our Premier Sports Cup campaign. He was again part of the side that overcame St Johnstone 1-0 on Saturday to set-up a Hampden date with Hibernian.

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And as he looked ahead to a major date on his calendar, he stated that it’ll be good to finally play a major part in a cup final come December 19th.

As quoted by the Herald, Ralston said: “That will be my aim [getting his hands on the trophy]. I will get back into training and focus on the games coming up first and foremost. But when the time comes around I will be ready for the final as well.

“I have been in and around the squad and I have gone to finals as either a fan or as part of the squad. It is something that I personally look forward to now I am playing and something we are all looking forward to as a club.

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“It has been a great time for me in my life and for my family as well. I am loving every minute of it. To get my Scotland cap was another dream I have managed to achieve. I am just looking to keep working hard, keep myself right, keep playing these games and do the best I can for the team.”

Can Anthony Ralston and his Celtic teammates get over the line?

Many will look at Celtic’s 3-1 win at Easter Road several weeks ago and ask for the same again. But the truth is that it isn’t that simple.

The Premier Sports Cup final at Hampden will be a much more celebrated occasion. The build-up will be decorated and much more intense than our trip to Leith was in October.

Not to mention you have the psychological aspect of a cup final. These Celtic players have impressed this season, but there’s still a question to be asked of this team regarding its winning mentality. Can we go to Hampden and finish the job knowing we have all the tools in our arsenal to do so?

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How we perform against Hibernian next month will be a key indicator of where we’re at as a side. If Celtic rock up and dominate the 90 minutes, it’ll tell us a lot. If they struggle and manage to fight their way to victory instead, it’ll do the same thing. As will be the case should we lose the encounter also.

Ralston and his teammates have something major to prove here. If we don’t come out on top, there will be question marks over the team’s ability to see the job through. It’s a huge question of character.

So fingers crossed it all works out come kickoff. It’s great being back for big Hampden occasions once more. Let’s see how Ange Postecoglou’s newly-built side deal with it.

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