Celtic player plans to get in contact with St Johnstone man after worrying Hampden incident

By David Walton

November 22, 2021

Celtic star Anthony Ralston will get in touch with St Johnstone’s David Wotherspoon in a classy gesture after the latter picked up a concerning injury at Hampden.

Only a few minutes into the second half, the Canadian international Wotherspoon had to be subbed off with a nasty knee injury. A stretcher was initially called, but the player was able to leave the pitch wothout it, albeit instead needing knee support.

It’s unclear how long Wotherspoon will be out for, especially considering his previous injury problems. Saints boss Callum Davidson stated immediately after the match that the situation “wasn’t great” [The Herald].

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Ralston, meanwhile, spent a year playing with Wotherspoon back in the 2019/20 campaign during a loan spell in Perth. To this day he remains close with several of the current Saints squad.

And as he reflected on his time there as well as Wotherspoon’s injury, he said the following as quoted by the Scottish Sun:

“I was worried, because he’s a great guy. You don’t like to see any sportsman or ex-team-mate get an injury. Hopefully it’s not a bad one. I’ll check up on him and see. It was good to see him walk off, hopefully it’s not anything too serious.

“I spent a season at St Johnstone and they’re a great group of lads. I’ve stayed in contact with some of them, but for 90 minutes you have to forget about that.  

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“But they were good to me as a club and I have a lot of time for them. I got my game time there and the experience of playing definitely helped me. It was a stepping stone to where I am now.”

Celtic star Anthony Ralston thankful for St Johnstone spell

You can see here how much Ralston appreciates the opportunity he received in Perth. It’s easy to forget about it now, but not many appeared willing to take the Lennoxtown academy graduate back in 2019. His stock was perhaps at the lowest it’s ever been since his first-team breakthrough in 2016/17.

However, his time in Perth saw him rack up as many as 24 appearances in a productive campaign for Tony [Transfermarkt].

It’s difficult to say whether his loan spells at Saints and Dundee United helped propel him into this position. After all, Ralston was again hardly used during the 2020/21 campaign. In addition to that, it’s not as if he came back from any of them flying high.

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Indeed, Tony simply managed to take his chance this year under Ange Postecoglou after an initially slow start to the campaign. What we’re seeing here is a player thriving due to simply being given a run of games.

As for Wotherspoon of course, hopefully he manages to shrug off his injury knock easily enough. It looked a bad one, and it’s never a good sign when the stretcher is being brought on even if he didn’t need it in the end.

It’s clear Ralston remains close with some of the Saints stars. Wotherspoon perhaps being one of them. Fingers crossed he’s back within a decent period.

In other news, Aberdeen hit with big blow for Celtic Park that’s left them absolutely seething