Anthony Ralston shares positive first impressions of new Celtic signing

By John McGinley

July 15, 2022

Anthony Ralston was the Celtic player on media duties today at Lennoxtown, ahead of this weekend’s match against Blackburn Rovers.

Ange Postecoglou’s squad have returned to familiar territory after a ten-day trip to Austria and Czechia.

The Bhoys are set to play in front of Celtic supporters for the first time this summer in a lunchtime kick-off against Jon Dahl Tomasson’s side tomorrow.

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Ralston fielded several questions, touching on subjects such as his rise over the last 12 months and the excitement of playing Champions League football later this year.

He was also asked about new signing Alexandro Bernabei and how he is settling into a group of unfamiliar teammates.

The Scotland international is pleased with what he’s seen, telling reporters [Celtic YouTube]: “He’s a hardworking player. Even though he’s just come in, he’s also picked up on how the gaffer wants us to play that full-back role, in terms of coming inside. He’s understood that very well.

“He’s worked hard in training. And he’s fitted in with the boys well, even though there’s a bit of a language barrier there. He’s made the effort to be around the boys and join in when he can. I wish him all the best in his Celtic career.

“We’ve got a great group of boys here, all very welcoming to the new players who come in. It’s not an easy thing to do, to move yourself to a different country. They come into a whole new team. Especially when there’s a language barrier there.

“When these boys come in, we help them settle in and make an effort with them. On the training pitch as well, to help them in terms of how it works and how we want to play and the standards that are required here as well.”

Postecoglou has certainly managed to create a culture within the squad that has allowed them to bond quickly regardless of their background, ethnicity or language.

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Players have been arriving from all over the world and, in the first 12 months, seamlessly blending into a group that became worthy worth champions of Scotland.

Bernabei now has those challenges ahead of him, but the initial impressions from Ralston sound like things are moving in the right direction.

As we discussed on 67 Hail Hail yesterday, the Argentine has the time and space to properly adjust to life in Scotland, compared to some of the imports last year.

I’m looking forward to seeing what he has to offer in the long term.

In other news, Large Blackburn Rovers away support expected at Celtic Park on Saturday.