By Abigail Withey
Anthony Ralston has admitted he had a series of heated exchanges with Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar during Celtic’s Champions League humiliation.
Neymar scored the first goal of Tuesday’s match with an incredible opener which kickstarted the Ligue 1 side’s huge 5-0 win over Celtic at Parkhead.
The pair clashed on numerous occasions which ended with the world’s most expensive player denying Ralston a hand shake at the end.
The 18-year-old simply brushed off the situation and believes that he dealt with the former Barcelona star well throughout the match.
“I didn’t fear him at all. He is just another man on the pitch against me,” the teenager told Sky Sports News.
“I didn’t have him on a pedestal. I felt I dealt with him quite well, and it’s only going to make me a better player coming up against players of the calibre PSG have.
“It’s what you need to do against those types of players; let them know early that they’re in a game. That’s just part of the mental game as well, how they deal with that.
“I don’t really care about that side of things at the end. There were a few words exchanged but nothing major. It’s football.
“I don’t think that was the case (that he refused to shake my hand). I walked by. I didn’t offer my hand out. I won’t dwell on it too much. I’m not bothered.”
The right-back made just four competitive appearances for Brendan Rodgers’ side before stepping out on the pitch at Celtic Park on Tuesday night.
The Scotland Under-21 featured in two of the Hoops’ Premiership matches against St. Johnstone and Kilmarnock as well as in the League Cup and their Champions League qualifier against Astana.
Ralston rose to the challenge and proved his worth to boss Brendan Rodgers despite the heavy defeat, and showed that he was unnerved playing against some of the world’s best players.
Celtic will be looking ahead to Saturday’s Premiership match as the Bhoys host Ross County and hope to continue their unbeaten run in the competition.
In other Celtic news, the club have launched a £1.5million bid to sign a midfielder from Premier League giants.