Report: Celtic trigger one-year extension in Anthony Ralston contract
Celtic have triggered the one-year extension clause in the contract of Anthony Ralston, the Scottish Sun reports.
Ralston’s deal had been due to expire in the summer of 2021. However, there was an option for the Hoops to take up an extra year, and it’s something they’ve chosen to do.
The Sun claims that there was interest in Ralston from Scotland. It’s said that both Premiership and Championship clubs were keeping an eye on his situation.
News of his extension is a major surprise given he only managed one appearance for the club last season. In recent years he’s spent unspectacular loan spells with the likes of Dundee United and St Johnstone respectively.
However, it looks as though he’ll now be given the chance to impress new manager Ange Postecoglou when he takes pre-season training this week.
Celtic triggering Anthony Ralston contract is a worrying sign
It’s fair to say this is a worrying sign of what’s to come. Ralston is currently the only recognised senior right-back at the football club. However, you would hope that Lee O’Connor would get a chance to impress before Ralston.
We know the limits of Ralston, and that’s why fans will be frustrated by this. He isn’t playing at a standard that deserves to have his Celtic stay prolonged. He doesn’t add enough to the team or the squad.
Celtic fans would be right to express concern over what this means for the summer. After all, if Celtic feel the need to keep Ralston for another year, it doesn’t say much about what we have lined up for the right-back position in terms of recruitment.
Ralston hasn’t really been pushed since Brendan Rodgers was manager. Yet when he did look to be picking up a bit of momentum at the end of 2018, Ralston suffered an unfortunate knee injury that ruled him out for the season.
Since then, he’s been nowhere near it. When Celtic had Jeremie Frimpong and Hatem Elhamed at the club, there was no route to the first-team in sight for Ralston. There’s no reason that should change considering we should be investing heavily in the position.
At the very least, here’s hoping this was Postecoglou’s decision. But let’s not kid ourselves, nobody should be holding their breath on that one.