By Frank McAvennie

29th Dec, 2021 | 5:00pm

McAvennie slams 'hopeless' Celtic star Ralston - 'he looked like he'd come off a building site'

Frank McAvennie has slammed Anthony Ralston after his recent performance during Celtic v St Mirren.

The former Hoops hitman, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, labelled the defender’s performance as “hopeless”.

Ralston, 23, played the full game against St Mirren on 22 December as Celtic lost momentum in the title race.

A much-changed Hoops side were held to a 0-0 stalemate despite plenty of chances for the away side.

He was subsequently not included in the squad for Boxing Day’s win over St Johnstone.

McAvennie was at the St Mirren game and was left fuming with what he saw from Ralston.

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“I was at the St Mirren game and I thought ‘dear me he’s gone backwards’, McAvennie told Football Insider correspondent Ben Wild.

“Oh my God, he was hopeless. He looked bit-part. Honestly, he was playing like he had just come off a building site.

“He was just crashing around into people. That’s the player I was always convinced wouldn’t make it.

“He looked great earlier this season, that’s why he got the Scotland callup.

“But he hasn’t looked the same and I was so disappointed with him against St Mirren.

“I was disappointed with everyone if I’m honest but Ralston was really poor.”

Ralston has made 31 appearances in all competitions this season and has scored five goals.

He also received his first callup to the senior Scotland side on 15 November as a late substitute for Kieran Tierney.

In other news, an insider has backed Celtic to pull off a £2.5million signing in January after hearing “ridiculous” reports.