Anthony Ralston's World Cup dream comes alive after Celtic form

By Lewis Laird

May 23, 2022

Celtic duo Anthony Ralston and David Turnbull have made a return to Steve Clarke’s Scotland squad for the international fixtures set to take place in June.

They will also be joined by fellow Celtic teammates and Scotland regulars Callum McGregor and Greg Taylor, who were named amongst the 28 players in the squad.

The Scottish national team has a busy schedule in the month of June, which could see Clarke’s side play up to five games.

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Starting off with Ukraine on the 1st of June in the play-off semi-final, the Tartan Army will be hoping to secure a place in the Qatar 2022 World Cup later this year.

All four Celtic players will likely have their part to play during the 14-day spell of fixtures, including three UEFA Nations League group stage games.

Several former Celtic players are also in the mix, with the likes of Ryan Christie and Stuart Armstrong being named in the squad.

However, one of the critical omissions from Steve Clarke’s squad is ex-Celtic academy graduate Kieran Tierney, who misses out through injury.

Four Celtic stars make the cut; a deserved recall for Anthony Ralston after a superb season.

As previously mentioned, both McGregor and Taylor have become consistent names in this squad, helping the nation reach this stage in the play-offs.

After missing out on the last squad back in March, both Ralston and Turnbull will be delighted to be involved as Scotland push for a World Cup place.

Ralston in particular, who has just one cap to his name, is a player Celtic supporters will be buzzing to see selected off the back of an incredible season under Ange Postecoglou.

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The right-backs future at the club looked all but over. Now, he is being named in the national team and is in with a real chance of a starting spot in this side after injury woes for Nathan Patterson.

Best of luck to all four players, who will be looking to join Celtic teammates such as Kyogo Furuhashi and Josip Juranovic in the tournament later this year!

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