Celtic's Anthony Ralston outlines summer hope after ludicrous Steve Clarke snubs

By David Walton

May 19, 2022

Celtic right-back Anthony Ralston admits he’s hopeful of a Scotland recall after Steve Clarke’s ludicrous snubs throughout the 2021/22 campaign.

Scotland have a crucial World Cup qualifying schedule to continue as they face off against Ukraine at Hampden on June 1st. Victory in that one and they’ll travel to Wales on June 5th for a shootout in Cardiff to see who makes Qatar 2022.

However, Clarke’s side will also kickstart the new Nations League campaign next month too. Scotland will face Armenia twice with a clash away to Ireland sandwiched in between a 7-day period.

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Ralston has incredibly been snubbed in various squads this season despite his incredible Celtic renaissance. His only taste of an international camp came back in November when he made a 3-minute cameo against Denmark. And now he’s ready for more.

As quoted by The Herald, the Celtic academy graduate said: “Obviously, I made my Scotland debut and for every player, that’s something that’s a landmark in their career that they want to it. I’m delighted I was able to.

“It’s maybe something that last season I didn’t think would come around. There’s been many things and now I’m looking forward to the summer. Maybe there will be the opportunity to go away with my country again which would be something I’ve worked hard to get.

“There’s a lot going on. Maybe when I get a bit of time it will be something I’ll be able to look back on and reflect.”

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Anthony Ralston’s Scotland snubs inexcusable as Celtic form more than merits it

Even Ralston himself stated that he was surprised by his latest snub back in March [Glasgow Times]. Especially considering he had finally bagged that long-awaited first call-up for November’s matches.

What makes it so mind-boggling is that Ralston is the best Scottish right-back playing in Scottish football. Yet he’s constantly snubbed for Motherwell defender Stephen O’Donnell. Whilst he’s done Clarke a turn on international duty before, you can’t say he’s more deserving of a chance than Anthony.

The same goes for Nathan Patterson who’s featured for Scotland in World Cup qualifying duty too. The same Patterson who hasn’t played a single EPL minute for Everton since signing from Rangers in January.

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Ralston has every right to think he should be in Scotland’s starting XIs on a regular basis never mind just the matchday squads. It’s even more frustrating that Clarke appears to blank the subject and is seldom asked about it by the media. This should be one of the biggest question marks after every squad.

He did outline why Ralston missed out as far back in September. When Tony missed the first Scotland squad of the campaign, Clarke challenged him to get regular minutes for Celtic first [PLZ Soccer]. He’s more than achieved that this term, yet still players of lesser quality and with lesser game-time get in ahead of him.

You would think Ralston couldn’t possibly be omitted from the upcoming June squad. But at this point, nothing would surprise you with the Scotland boss.

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