Video: Class Anthony Ralston celebration footage captured by Celtic TV
Celtic as we all know got a big win at Livingston on Sunday, but what didn’t go noticed by many was the class reaction from Anthony Ralston after we opened the scoring.
Daizen Maeda put the Hoops ahead in the 17th-minute with an opportunistic header. It was a big moment given the build-up and our recent history at the Tony Macaroni Arena. So much so that all 9 of Maeda’s outfield teammates came to congratulate him and join in the celebrations.
But none was as excited as Ralston, who exhibited fantastic emotion and passion as he went absolutely nuts with the goal. Those watching on the day wouldn’t have noticed it, but Celtic TV captured the footage with their “Unique Angle” camera, and it was certainly brilliant to see:
Nobody stands out more than Anthony here. The right-back immediately roars in front of the Celtic support on a couple of occasions before emphatically high-fiving Callum McGregor and congratulating Maeda. He then finishes off with yet another release of emotion in front of the supporters.
It was genuinely as if someone was taken straight out of the stands and put onto the park for the goal celebration. Beautiful to see and the kind of images that ensure supporters grow more fond of their on-field heroes.
Ralston has been a regular in a season of rejuvenation under Ange Postecoglou. The defender has made 39 appearances already this term and has netted 5 goals [Transfermarkt].
Anthony Ralston – a true Celtic supporter-turned-player
When you think of Ralston’s outstanding trait, it’s fair to say that hard-working will always be the standout. And not just because he’s a professional that does his best for the club he’s with. But because he emits this level of passion at key moments.
The kind of jubilation shown by Ralston isn’t something that can be faked. It’s not something you’ll see from professionals just happy to be winning a game for their football club. It’s simply what you’ll see only from those who are thriving for the club they support. It’s top-class stuff.
And it’s worth mentioning that Ralston hasn’t even been first-choice in recent weeks. He’s only started 4 of our last 10 Premiership games. He’s hardly a constant in the starting XI. Yet still he looks the most passionate out of anyone at Livingston on Sunday, and that’s saying something.
Having this level of determination and emotion in the squad is big. You always need players who bleed green and white in the squad. That’s the kind of display that will rub off on other players.
Not that Celtic have players that don’t care for the cause – given what we’ve done this season you could never come to that conclusion. But players such as Ralston ensure they all understand the importance of every game.
His reaction to Maeda’s goal on Sunday was absolutely fantastic. Unexpected? Not quite.