Star man Anthony Ralston delighted with all-round Celtic display against Hibs
Celtic defender Anthony Ralston, take a bow.
The right-back, who’s keeping Croatian international Josip Juranovic on the left, was once again magnificent for the Bhoys last night. Against Hibs, his energy was endless, covering vast areas of the pitch to contribute in both attack and defence.
He even opened the scoring, with a diving header from David Turnbull’s pinpoint free-kick delivery.
Ralston was left buzzing with Celtic’s overall performance. Quite right, too; in the first-half, the Bhoys put Hibs away with three excellent goals, and outstanding control of the ball. Passing movement, a front-three willing to mix it up and some magic from Rogic and Turnbull did a number on the Hibees.
In the second, though, Celtic had to defend, with Jack Ross presumably tearing into his players at half-time. It worked, with Hibs putting pressure on Celtic at Easter Road, but a huge result was secured by an excellent defensive display.
Ralston said after the game [Celtic FC]:
“We were terrific. Our movement, our speed of play, we were very direct as well. Front three were terrific in terms of movement, midfield as well.
“Come the second half, we were made to defend. So, as a team, we done well to defend. As a back four and goalkeeper, Joe made some excellent saves as well, to keep it the way it was.
“All-round, we showed we can go out and we can play, and we can dominate the game. But we’ve also got that side of us that can dig deep and defend when we need to defend. So I’m delighted all-round.”
Anthony Ralston continues to dazzle for excellent Celtic side
You could genuinely have picked nearly any of our starting XI as last night’s Man of the Match, and that’s written without hyperbole. It was the definition of a team performance, and it left Postecoglou delighted.
In fact, he called it the best display of the year so far.
For a manager snowed under by rhetoric about his gung-ho, attacking style, nobody sums up the defensive side of what Postecoglou’s wanting as much as Anthony Ralston. Last night, again, he was getting up and down the pitch to fantastic effect. When he tackles, it’s because he immediately wants to go down the other end.
Or, he wants to score diving headers. Both are fine.
The right-back won an extremely impressive 9 duels against Hibs last night [Fotmob], while providing crosses at the other end. Happy to take the ball and advance it, Ralston was key in Celtic’s win last night.
It’s another impressive performance to add to Ralston’s growing CV. While this was, again, a fantastic team effort, the right-back definitely deserves some more shine.