Anthony Ralston talks up bond with injured Josip Juranovic ahead of his biggest Celtic mission yet

By John McGinley

April 21, 2022

Anthony Ralston has made big strides in his Celtic career this season but he could be set for his biggest mission to date if reports about Josip Juranovic prove to be accurate.

As we discussed earlier tonight, Football Scotland have reported that Juranovic could be missing until mid-May after an injury sustained against Rangers on Sunday.

It means Ralston could be thrust into the limelight for the title run-in starting on Sunday against Ross County.

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Coincidentally, the Celtic defender took part in an interview with Celtic TV today, talking up his bond with Juranovic and the competition for places.

Ralston said: “It’s important that in all areas you have competition. Jura and myself support each other in every way. When Jura is playing I support him to the max and he doesn’t the same with me. We have a great relationship.

“It pushes us on. It’s really important we have that in the team and we do have it in a healthy way.

“We’re extremely disappointed about last week but it’s done now. It’s important we focus on Sunday, it’s an important game. The four after that are as well.”

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If Ralston is suffering no ill effects from Sunday’s derby then it seems likely he’ll be put right into the starting eleven for the trip to Dingwall.

He returns to the scene of one of his biggest Celtic moments, his injury-time winner against Malky Mackay’s side back in December.

Celtic will be hoping for a more routine 90 minutes than that night offered but we know that even if with Juranovic out, Postecoglou has viable options to come in and compete.

In other news, Ange Postecoglou’s Celtic staff move making big Lennoxtown impact on players and training.