By James Black
Celtic kicked off their Champions League campaign with a 5-0 reverse at the hands of bigspending PSG – but fans were quick to take to social media and praise the performance of youngster Anthony Ralston.
The Hoops struggled to land a blow on the French champions as PSG showed their class to breeze by Brendan Rodgers’ side.
Ralston was selected ahead of Israeli Nir Bitton who had filled in previously, meaning Mikael Lustig was shunted in to central defence from his usual right-back spot.
A double from Edinson Cavani and goals from Neymar and Kylian Mbappe as well as an own goal put PSG top of the group after the first round of games.
However, supporters raved about the performance of right-back Ralston, 18, as they claimed he did as well as could have been expected against the world record signing.
Here are some of their comments on Twitter:
Hopefully big Ralston is Another Tierney
— Jordan Devaney (@JordanD1888) September 12, 2017
I thought ralston was class tonight. Psg are fantastic will top the group with games to spare. Broonie outstanding too I thought
— Ciarán (@ciarand77) September 12, 2017
Neymars an embarrassment man ralston would swing him about
— aidan (@fellowes88) September 12, 2017
Thought Ralston had an excellent game all things considered.Neymar didn't ridicule Ralston in fact he made an erse of himself. #10 NO class. https://t.co/ap0sGsHsaz
— EL GOL (@elgol1888) September 12, 2017
The boy Ralston is a legend in the making. He will be remembered long after Broonaldo has broken Neymar's leg in Paris!
— James Moore (@Jamesracing1) September 12, 2017
Ralston was class, 18yo and had the task of marking the worlds most expensive player
— Jordan Swan (@SwanJordan) September 12, 2017
PR was mesmerising at times tonight, Ralston has to be given a run after tonight, think Armstrong and Ntcham shared a joint before the game????
— Fidel67 (@Fidel671) September 12, 2017
Ralston found himself attracting some unwanted attention at the final whistle when Neymar refused to shake hands with the young defender following a flashpoint earlier in the match.
After being booked for simulation, Ralston laughed at Neymar; who responded by reminding the defender of the score.
Celtic also face Anderlecht and Bayern Munich in the group stages of the Champions League and it’ll likely come down to a straight fight between Celtic and Anderlecht to finish third and qualify for the Europa League.
The Hoops currently sit bottom of the group after Bayern defeated Anderlecht 3-0 at the Allianz Arena.
In other Celtic news, the club have launched a £1.5million bid to sign a midfielder from Premier League giants.