Video: Delight as Celtic defender Anthony Ralston scores on first Scotland start

By John McGinley

June 8, 2022

Anthony Ralston has made a dream first start for Scotland tonight, scoring the opening goal against Armenia in the UEFA Nations League.

The Celtic defender was already enjoying a brilliant first half by the time he popped up on the end of a Stuart Armstrong cross less than 30 minutes into the encounter.

He was creating chances, making recoveries and getting stuck into cross balls. However, it was his contribution from Armstrong’s assist that proved telling, brilliantly directing the high ball back across the Armenian goalkeeper to make it 1-0. You can see the video on the Premier Sports Twitter account or embedded below.

This is officially Ralston’s second cap for Scotland, having previously come off the bench for a three-minute cameo in the World Cup qualification win over Denmark.

However, it really was his first big opportunity working under Steve Clarke and he’s undoubtedly taken it with both hands.

If he performs as well after the interval as he has in the first half, there should be no doubts about retaining his place in the Scotland team for more internationals in June.

At the time of publication, it’s currently 2-0 to the Hampden side after a further goal from Scott McKenna. Scotland are likely to cruise to victory from here.

The remarkable rise of Anthony Ralston continues

Ralston has had a remarkable rise at Celtic over the last 12 months, going from the brink of an exit to one of the fan favourite performers in Ange Postecoglou’s starting eleven.

His chance in the Scotland set-up has been long overdue and it’s fantastic to see him realise childhood dreams for club and country.

Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

Appearances at the international level such as this will do wonders for his confidence ahead of a return to Celtic and a crucial pre-season period next month.

Well in Tony!

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