By Alan Hutton

17th Nov, 2021 | 8:00am

Scottish pundit hails Celtic star Ralston after what he's just seen

Alan Hutton has hailed the mental strength shown by Anthony Ralston at Celtic after making his debut for Scotland on Monday.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Rangers defender insisted the 22-year-old has had to show immense character to come through for both club and country.

Ralston came off the bench late on against Denmark at Hampden to make his international bow.

The right-back replaced former Celtic teammate Kieran Tierney to slot in as a makeshift left-back.

Ralston has been a standout performer under Ange Postecoglou at Celtic this season, having been frozen out last term.

Hutton admitted the defender has come under serious pressure from the fans at Parkhead in recent seasons.

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He insisted Ralston has shown some serious backbone to bounce back and pick up an international cap.

“We’ve spoken about him before, the pressure he was under,” Hutton told Football Insider’s Russell Edge.

“It showed how mentally strong and tough he was, to deal with the criticism coming his way from his own support.

“To go in and put in great performances week in, week out and to get that recognition and play for your national team was the icing on the cake.

“For him, it’s about continuing to work hard, keep progressing and try to break his way into the Scotland squad.”

Ralston made just one appearance across all competitions for Celtic last season.

In stark contrast, he has already played 23 times this term, with four goals and four assists under his belt.

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