'That was unfair' - Davie Provan slams Rodgers for Celtic CL decision
By Abigail Withey
Celtic legend Davie Provan has branded Brendan Rodgers’ choice to play Anthony Ralston against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League as “unfair”.
The 18-year-old right-back faced the likes of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe during the Hoops’ 5-0 defeat to the Ligue 1 giants and appeared to hold his own the best he could despite the result.
The teenager was thrust into the back-line due to the lack of defensive options, and Provan believes that Rodgers is at fault for not signing a new centre-back over the summer transfer window.
“It makes me wonder why an untried 18-year-old was lining up for Celtic against PSG recently,” the former Hoops winger wrote in his column for the Scottish Sun.
“No harm to Anthony Ralston. Hopefully, he’s a first-team regular of the future and he looks the part.
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“But putting him in against Neymar? That was unfair on the kid and down to Brendan’s failure to sign a proper centre-back in the transfer window.
“With Mikael Lustig forced to play centrally against PSG, young Ralston was thrown under a bus.
“With more than enough money to buy a proper centre-back, someone has slipped up badly.”
Rodgers’ side still remain unbeaten across all domestic competitions and most recently secured three points away at Ibrox during the first Old Firm derby of the season.
The Bhoys will next prepare to travel to the Constant Vanden Stock Stadium to play Belgium outfit Anderlecht in their second group stage clash in the Champions League.
Celtic will also face Bayern Munich in the European competition at the end of October, and will be fighting to come back from their heavy home defeat to PSG.
While trying to succeed in the Champions League, Rodgers’ squad are also attempting to uphold their domestic treble title which they secured last year.
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