Loaned out Celtic full-back Anthony Ralston has been speaking about former Hoops forward Tony Watt as the pair prepare to meet this evening.

Ralston’s St. Johnstone host Watt’s new club Motherwell in one of five Premiership matches on Wednesday.

The pair never played together in their time at Celtic Park with Ralston only making his breakthrough in 2015, a year after Watt had departed to Standard Liege.

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Ralston in action at Ibrox

Ralston in action at Ibrox (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

But the defender still remembers a little about the player, and where he was while Watt was making his name.

“Obviously they have brought in Tony and he has good qualities as a striker,” Ralston told the Courier ahead of the Wednesday clash.

“I was a ball boy when he was breaking through at Celtic and everyone remembers his goal against Barcelona.

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Watt scoring against Barcelona

Watt scoring against Barcelona (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

“And the players are aware of his qualities because of the time he spent here.”

Ralston and Watt aren’t alone

Tonight’s game in Perth may not be at the forefront of most Celtic fan’s minds.


That goes without saying. We have our own big game at home to Hearts after all.

The McDiarmid Park clash is a reminder, however, of the good work the Celtic Academy does bringing players through – even if they don’t quite make the cut at Celtic.

Ralston and Watt will be joined by the likes of Scotland cap Declan Gallagher, Wallace Duffy and Jamie McCart as players who learned their trade in the youth ranks of our club.

Declan Gallagher in action

Declan Gallagher in action (Photo by Scott Baxter/Getty Images)

None of that quintet ever managed to prolong their career in our first-team but it is evidence of the good work that continues to go on at Lennoxtown.

It will be intriguing to see how Watt gets on back in Scotland.

Amazingly, he’s still only 26-years-old and has plenty more campaigns left in him if he can just find the right club to showcase his talents.

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