Tony Ralston may still have a Celtic future when he returns to club

By John Reid

January 3, 2020

Celtic’s Anthony Ralston seems to have become a bit of a forgotten man since joining St Johnstone on loan at the start of the season.

The right-back has no doubt watched with interest as a trio of Celtic players battle for the position he also plays in. However, it should be pointed out that he has done very well with the Perth side in his spell there.

He has been an ever-present for the Saints making 15 appearances. Ralston has also helped the revival of a St Johnstone team that were in poor form, they are now a five match unbeaten run and have moved clear from the bottom of the Premiership table.

Player deserves credit for helping loan team improve

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That seemed unlikely only a few short weeks ago, but the team have dug in, and Ralston deserves credit for the part he has played in that.

Neil Lennon will no doubt be watching Ralston’s season with interest, as the player is set to return to Celtic at the end of the season. It has to be said, if he continues to impress for the Perth side then he may still have a future with the Hoops.

At the moment, as has already been stated, Celtic do have a fair number of right-backs. However, there is no guarantee Moritz Bauer, for example, will still be at the club next season. Hatem Abd Elhamed has been absent for long stages of this season.

Manager would be thrilled to have duo for right-back role

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That leaves Jeremie Frimpong, and Neil Lennon would no doubt be delighted if his right-back position was being contested by two young players in the early stages of their careers.

Celtic play an awful lot of games, and it doesn’t hurt to have a number of squad players for each position. At the moment, the Hoops have three players who can play left-back, and right-back. All have featured at some stage of the season in the first-team.

That could be what happens to Ralston when he returns to Celtic, not playing every week, but often in the squad. However, should be help keep St Johnstone up, he will return to Celtic full of confidence, and that can only boost his first-team prospects.