By Alex McLeish

19th Aug, 2021 | 6:54am

McLeish suggests Ralston to be axed as manager confirms Celtic transfer agreement

Alex McLeish has suggested Anthony Ralston could be axed as Celtic close in on the signing of Josip Juranovic.

The former Scotland manager, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted the Legia Warsaw defender, 26, would not join to sit on the bench.

As revealed by Football Insider on Tuesday (August 17th), Celtic were set to table a £2million-plus bid for the Croatia international.

Legia Warsaw manager Czesław Michniewicz, as quoted by the Scottish Sun (August 18th), confirmed a transfer fee had been agreed.

Ralston is currently the only recognised senior right-back at Parkhead.

He has played every single minute of the Hoops’ campaign so far.

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As quoted by the Scottish Sun (August 18th), manager Ange Postecoglou insisted a new right-back signing would be to support, not replace, Ralston.

However, McLeish suggested an player of Juranovic’s pedigree would not join as backup.

McLeish told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “It’s been under speculation, that right-back spot, for a couple of years now.

“Ralston’s come back and actually scored a couple of goals. He is like a man possessed.’

“They must feel by looking at bringing this player from Croatia, they’re not going to put him on the bench.

“He would be coming to play in the first team. It’s shaping up like Postecoglou’s team now. He’ll want to make his mark as the manager.

“After the last couple of results, they seem to have turned a corner.”

Ralston has scored in both of Celtic’s Premiership games this season.

He only made one appearance across all competitions for the Bhoys last term.

In other news, Celtic tipped to sign proven European striker to replace Edouard as bid readied.