By Frank McAvennie

17th Nov, 2021 | 1:00pm

McAvennie hails 'huge' Ralston development after 'incredible turnaround' at Celtic

Frank McAvennie insists Anthony Ralston’s confidence from earning his first Scotland cap can only benefit Celtic.

The former Hoops hitman, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, is delighted to see the defender earn his first senior international call up.

Ralston, 22, was drafted into the Scotland squad for Monday’s 2-0 win over Denmark.

The defender was given three minutes at the end of the game as Scotland qualified for next year’s World Cup playoffs.

McAvennie admits he has been proved wrong by Ralston after initially suggesting he wasn’t ready to be called up to the senior national side.

“I’m delighted for the boy,” McAvennie told Football Insider correspondent Ben Wild.

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“I was never having a go at him when I said he perhaps wasn’t ready, He had just spent so long at Celtic without doing anything.

“Obviously, I thought he wasn’t good enough defensively. But Postecoglou plays this attack, attack, attack football.

“Ralston relishes that and he’s not doing that much defending. He’s only 22 as well, oh my god, I keep forgetting because he’s been around that long.

“I’m delighted Clarke gave him some minutes. He doesn’t have the flair or the ability of some of the other players but he works so hard.

“Postecoglou thinks the world of him and he’s made that position his own. It’s an incredible turnaround.

“Clarke’s decisions will have given him so much confidence. It’s huge for him and it is such a huge moment for him and his family.

“I remember my first cap and wow, that’s something.

The more Ralston plays and proves people like me wrong, long may it continue.”

In other news, Celtic could lose up to £9m on a senior duo as they are told to sell ‘at any price’.