Anthony Ralston still has time to make problem Celtic position his own

By John Reid

March 16, 2019

Celtic right-back Anthony Ralston must be cursing his bad luck at the moment. The player has been out of action since the winter break with a knee injury.

The injury has prevented him from having a concerted effort at making the right-back position his own. However, time is still on his side.

Struggled to find solution

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Celtic seem to have struggled to find a solution to their right-back issues this season. Former boss Brendan Rodgers selected Mikael Lustig but lost faith in him. January arrival Jeremy Toljan was meant to replace Lustig, but hasn’t impressed that much so far.

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Interim manager Neil Lennon has chopped and changed between Lustig and Toljan so far. As for Cristian Gamboa, he isn’t involved at all.

Great chance to make position his own

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With all this confusion, Ralston has a great chance of making the right-back position his own when he returns to full fitness.

He will be looking to impress Lennon should the Hoops interim boss become permanent manager. With the future of the other three right-backs at the club in doubt, the position seems tailor-made for Ralston.

Lustig, Toljan and Gamboa’s contracts all expire at the end of the season. It would be silly of the club to let all three leave. Lustig may get a year’s extension to his deal.

But that will only be a short-term solution. Ralston has plenty of time on his side to make the position his own for years to come. He just has to get over this current injury.