By Alan Hutton

9th Nov, 2021 | 7:00pm

Rangers TV pundit: I feel sorry for Celtic star Ralston after confirmed news

Celtic defender Anthony Ralston is “very unlucky” to miss out on a place in Steve Clarke’s Scotland squad, according to Alan Hutton.

The former Rangers defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, praised the 22-year-old for his “excellent” displays this season.

Ralston penned new terms at Celtic last week, pledging his future to the club until 2025.

However, as confirmed by the Scottish FA, the youngster’s performances this term have not yet convinced Scotland manager Clarke to hand the right-back a maiden call-up to the senior squad.

Rangers ace Nathan Patterson and Motherwell’s Stephen O’Donnell have been selected for the right-back berth for World Cup qualifiers against Moldova and Denmark.

Ralston has missed just two matches for Ange Postecoglou’s Celtic side this term.

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Hutton insisted it was only a “matter of time” before the full-back gets his senior Scotland bow.

“He’s very unlucky to miss out, he’s been excellent at the start of this season,” the Rangers TV pundit told Football Insider‘s Ewan Kingsbury.

“There were a lot of fans and media saying that Celtic need a right-back during the summer, and that can be hard to deal with as a young player.

“But he’s taken it on the chin and proved them wrong with goals, assists – and he’s been a standout performer for them this season.

“He’ll be disappointed to not be in the squad but if he keeps this form up, it will be a matter of time until he gets his chance.”

Ralston has five appearances for Scotland’s U21 side.

The youngster has scored four and registered four assists so far this season.

In other news, Frank McAvennie tells Celtic fans big name is ‘better than you think’ as he fears for Kyogo and Jota.