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'It's been ups and downs' - Celtic right-back delivers honest verdict on 2017/18 season

Celtic prospect Anthony Ralston isn’t sure what to make of the season which has just ended.

The 19-year-old made his first-team debut for the Hoops against PSG in the Champions League, then suffered a long-term knee injury which kept him out of action for months.

He was then loaned out to Dundee United and failed to help them win promotion to the Scottish Premiership, and he has admitted that the season has had plenty of highs and lows.

“It’s been ups and downs” he said, as quoted by the Herald.

“From the start of the season playing, living the dream as a Celtic fan playing for the first team. Then my injury and dealing with that then going out on loan and enjoying the games I played in.

“It’s about how you deal with the downside and enjoying the ups.”

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Ralston will be hoping for more first-team appearances next season for the Hoops as he is once again fully fit.

Football Insider verdict

It has been a very odd year for Ralston, with perhaps the strangest aspect being his appearance against PSG. The Hoops were thoroughly beaten that night but the youngster wasn’t really to blame for what turned into a poor night for the Bhoys. The big test for Ralston will undeniably be getting a regular place in the first-team next season. His chance last season only really came about though injuries, and he will be hoping to earn his place on merit in the months to come. We will possibly know more about the chances that Ralston has about breaking into the first-team should Brendan Rodgers sign another right-back or not. If he doesn’t sign another right-back then Ralston will have a real chance of challenging Mikael Lustig for a place in the first-team, if he does sign another one, than it looks like the 19-year-old will struggle for any significant game time.

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