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17th Mar, 2018 | 1:00pm

Rodgers decision to sanction Celtic defender loan exit is spot on

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There has been quite a bit of surprise at Celtic’s decision to allow 19-year-old defender Anthony Ralston to join Dundee United on an emergency loan for the rest of the season.

The move was announced by the Hoops on their official Twitter page on Friday night.

Supporters seem surprised at the decision as there was thought that Ralston could get some match time with the Hoops as current right-back Mikael Lustig has been struggling for form for much of the season.

That doesn’t seem to be the case though, and Ralston has been allowed to temporarily move to Tannadice, which is a sensible move by the Hoops.

The player is set to be guaranteed game time for Dundee United because of their defensive injury crisis, something which he is not currently getting at Celtic Park.

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Ralston might have suffered a knee injury this season but his last performance for the Hoops was back in September, and even though he has been fit for over a month he has not featured in the first-team.

There is a good chance that the player will be needed for the Hoops Champions League qualifiers beginning in July, particularly as Lustig is off to the World Cup with Sweden in the summer.

Getting game time this season ahead of those massive games at the start of next season can only be a good thing for Ralston, it is far better than sitting on the bench for the Hoops.

Brendan Rodgers has done the right thing for the player and if the loan move turns out to be a success then it can only bode well for Ralston’s future with the Hoops.

In other Celtic news, Sky Sports pundit Andy Walker has tipped the Hoops to defeat Motherwell

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