Former Celtic Academy man's delight at Anthony Ralston renaissance

By Euan Davidson

January 7, 2022

Former Celtic Academy talent Calvin Miller has expressed his delight at Anthony Ralston living out his Hoops dream.

Ralston has been incredible this season; from having a one-year extension questioned in the summer, he’s become a reliable and exciting right-back. Despite middling loans with St Johnstone and Dundee United in the past, Ralston has been ever-present for Ange Postecoglou.

He’s even picked up a cap for Scotland. And Miller, reflecting on his own time at Celtic, is beaming for his childhood friend Ralston.

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Speaking to the Scottish Daily Mail [print edition, 07/01/22, p. 75], Miller said: “[Ralston] got one more opportunity thanks to a new manager — and he’s really taken it.

“I’m really happy for him. He’s showcasing his talent and made it hard for anyone to take his place.

“People started to believe in him and the fans are on his side. I’ve been in the position of getting a couple of games then you’re in and out like he was.

“It’s difficult to show true form and consistency, the supporters can sometimes be quite harsh on you.

“We got to play for Celtic together. Those were great days. I still managed to achieve my childhood dream, so will cherish that forever.”

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Anthony Ralston has taken Celtic chance and ran with it

What more can you say about Anthony Ralston at this point? The guy’s been phenomenal, and there’s a real choice for Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou at right-back.

If you’d said before the season started that not picking Anthony Ralston beyond a Croatian international would be controversial? You’d have been laughed out wherever you were. It just didn’t seem feasible.

Calvin Miller, though, clearly believed in his mate. With Ange in the dugout, Ralston looks to have an exciting future at Paradise.

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As for Miller, though? He never really got that chance. He’s now at Chesterfield in the National League, having spent time on loan with Dundee and Ayr United before being released by Celtic. He’s also had spells with Harrogate Town and Notts County.

Only ever making 5 appearances for the first-team, Celtic Academy talent Miller had been tipped for quite a while. He just never got his opportunity for consistency, though, and it showed. It makes you wonder how Ralston’s career might’ve looked if he didn’t grab his chance in the summer.

The margin for error at Celtic is almost non-existent. And the differing trajectories of Miller and Ralston show how persistence, timing and circumstance can change everything.

Thankfully for Anthony Ralston, he was in the right place at the right time, and showed his qualities.

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