Ralston's brilliant insight on what Ange Postecoglou has brought to Celtic
Anthony Ralston has given some brilliant insight into what Ange Postecoglou has brought to his role as Celtic manager.
Ralston was the hero on Wednesday night against Ross County. He rose to meet a Tom Rogic cross in the 96th minute, nodding in a header, and sparking utter bedlam.
The right-back, who has enjoyed a major turn of fortunes this season, credited his manager for the win. Because Ange Postecoglou, he says, has instilled belief in this Celtic team to pull off results despite the odds.
Celtic were down to ten men late in the game against Ross County, but kept attacking. And it’s all down to the boss, says Ralston. He said [Herald]: “For sure it is [a measure of our fortitude].
“We’d challenges put in our way and it’s not easy to come up here while we also went down to 10 men. We were forced to change the team around. But, we won’t make excuses.
“We were still in the game, still kept on top and dominated. We got the opportunity and took it, which I was delighted to do.
“It’s just belief. It’s instilled in us all and it’s something that the gaffer is also big on. That we believe in ourselves no matter what’s put in front of us, that no matter what team plays, we’re all important members of the squad.”
Anthony Ralston is proof itself that Ange Postecoglou has brought belief and confidence to this Celtic squad
If we needed evidence that Ange Postecoglou is making every squad member feel important, Ralston is it. He’s gone from a mystery to a Scotland international in a matter of months. It’s incredible.
Let’s not get it wrong, either; in terms of Wednesday night, it’s hard to see last season’s Celtic doing that. Sure, there was the odd winner in the last ten minutes, but largely of games we should’ve had wrapped up. The Ross County game was a far more dramatic affair. But the points ended up being taken back to Paradise.
It had to be Ralston though, in a game where Celtic upset the odds late on. It’s become cliché at this stage, but before Ange Postecoglou he didn’t really have a role to speak of. He made just one league appearance last year.
It’s clear to see how spirited and determined this Celtic squad are. The results reflect that.
There is, however, still a long way to go. Ange Postecoglou knows his players can get their rewards, through silverware and achievements.
That’s what he’ll have told them from day one.