By Frank McAvennie

2nd Aug, 2021 | 10:00am

McAvennie: Ralston will be a prolific Celtic scorer and assist maker with one small change

Frank McAvennie insists Ange Postecoglou should deploy Celtic defender Anthony Ralston as an attacker.

The Hoops icon, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, admits the defensive side of the 22-year-old’s game leaves a lot to be desired.

Ralston scored Celtic’s equaliser in Saturday’s 2-1 loss to Hearts.

The defender beat a couple of Hearts defenders before firing the ball past Craig Gordon.

Ralston has usually featured on the periphery for Celtic but he has been heavily utilised by Postecoglou in the early weeks of his reign.

McAvennie claims Celtic must remove the full-back from the Celtic defence and use him as an attacker instead.

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“No disrespect to Ralston but he’s been there six years and never really been in the first team,” McAvennie told Football Insider‘s Ben Wild.

“I think he thinks he’s a winger and honestly, I think he would be good there.

“The defensive part of his game isn’t great even though he does put a good tackle in now and then.

“Going forward he looks bright, they made the same mistake with Kristoffer Ajer.

“He should have been playing in the midfield, he was scared to head the ball as a defender.

“If Ralston stays, he should be used in a more attacking way and we will see loads of goals and assists come from him I’m absolutely sure.

“Keeping him in an already poor defence won’t help matters. It’s only a small change becuase he thinks he’s a winger anyway.”

Ralston joined Celtic as a youngster in 2007 and has made 23 senior appearances for the club.

Ajer has left Parkhead this summer to join Premier League new boys Brentford.

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