By Alan Hutton

7th Sep, 2021 | 6:00pm

Hutton 'feels sorry' for Celtic star Ralston after he suffers at hand of Rangers star

Alan Hutton has admitted he feels sorry for Anthony Ralston after he wasn’t called up for Scotland following his excellent form for Celtic.

The former Rangers defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insists the player will feel hard done by.

Ralston has been one of Celtic’s best players this season and hasn’t missed a minute under new boss Ange Postecoglou.

The defender, 22, has made 11 appearances this season and scored two goals.

However, he was not included in Steve Clarke’s squad for this month’s World Cup qualifiers.

Clarke instead called up Rangers ace Nathan Patterson.

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Hutton admits he feels sorry for Ralston as the player was probably expecting an international nod.

“I feel for him,” Hutton told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge.

“Thinking about it now, if I was in his shoes I would have been expecting to be called up.

“He’s been a standout player for Celtic and he’s scoring goals. He flies down the wing, works really hard and ticks all the boxes. He’s been brilliant.

“He has shown how strong he is mentally after all the talk about bringing in another right-back.

“He has still produced top performances and I do feel for him. Obviously we don’t know what’s going on with the COVID protocols.

“I really believe he should have been in the squad but it wasn’t to be. As a player he just needs to keep performing and a call-up won’t be far away.”

Scotland lost to Denmark in their first game of the current international break.

They then beat Moldova thanks to a goal from Lydon Dykes.

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