Ralston leaves Celtic, but Frimpong likely to sign

By Hamish Carton

September 2, 2019

Anthony Ralston has departed Celtic to join St. Johnstone on loan but the club look likely to replace him immediately with Jeremie Frimpong.

The Dutch youth international, 18, is likely to make the switch from Manchester City to Celtic on the final day of the summer transfer window. City correspondant for Goal.com, Jonathan Smith, reported that the deal has “a good chance” of going through prior to the deadline.

Frimpong is likely to join the club just as youth graduate Anthony Ralston is leaving, albeit on loan. The 20-year-old, who made his final Hoops appearance in the 4-1 away win over AIK, has joined Tommy Wright’s St. Johnstone until the end of the season.

The Perth club have been looking for a new right-back themselves after Ricky Foster’s falling out with Wright and subsequent move to Ross County.

Ralston leaving Celtic is good news for everyone

It’s hard to see a down side to the full-back departing the club. The start of pre-season had offered Ralston a good opportunity to forge a place in Neil Lennon’s new look first-team.

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However, it just wasn’t to be. He played a big part in our tour of Austria and Switzerland but was only seen fleetingly after that – starting just the single match.

His Celtic career was consigned to history the minute Lennon chose not to play him in Sarajevo. Celtic had not yet signed Hatem Abd Elhamed or Moritz Bauer when they travelled to Bosnia, and were in dire need of a right-back.

Ralston was quite literally the only senior man on our books yet Lennon still chose to overlook him – and play Kristoffer Ajer there instead.

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It was a hammer blow that the youngster never really recovered from. He simply wasn’t good enough to make the cut at the club but that’s allright. He could still go on to make a good career for himself in the Scottish game.

A move to St. Johnstone is good for all concerned. Hopefully he can earn a permanent move while he’s there.