Celtic braced for huge interest from PL giants in rising star after midweek missions (not Tierney) - report
By Harry Sykes
Celtic are braced for huge interest from Premier League clubs in rising star Anthony Ralston after Tottenham and Everton jetted out to watch him in midweek, according to a report.
ESPN FC claim scouts from the big hitters down south watched Ralston in action in midweek for Scotland under-21s in their impressive 2-0 win over Netherlands.
Ralston, 18, is highly regarded at Celtic Park after coming through the ranks at the Scottish champions.
A number of Premier League sides have been keeping tabs on Ralston since he impressed with Scotland at this summer’s Toulon tournament, helping his country finish third and he has already been invited to train with Gordon Strachan’s senior Scotland squad.
Ralston made his debut for Celtic in the final game of 2015-16 season and he played twice last term for Brendan Rodgers’ side.
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He has made four appearances so far this season, scoring his first goal for the club in the 5-0 League Cup win over Kilmarnock before making his Champions League debut in the second leg of their playoff tie with Astana last month.
Football Insider verdict:
Rodgers has a good eye for young talent and he has certainly been struck by the calibre of the young right-back, who has looked at home in the first team season. Celtic are not unused to Premier League clubs eyeing up their best players and will be braced for sustained interest in the teenager if he continues his meteoric rise.
In other Celtic transfer news, Rangers would storm to the SPL title if they had been successful in their deadline-day pursuit of a £45,000-a-week striker.