ANTHONY RALSTON has signed a new contract with Celtic, with the confirmation coming on Tuesday afternoon. His current deal was set to expire at the end of the season, after extending his previous by a year, but his new contract will now last until the summer of 2025.

After claiming his starting spot this season, Anthony Ralston has barely missed a match with new Bhoy Josip Juranovic being forced to play out of position in the right-back position.

Speaking to Celtic today, he expressed his delight with his new deal;

“It feels amazing to see that my hard work has paid off to be offered a new deal,” he said. “I’ve been here as a young boy and it’s always been my dream to play for Celtic.

‘I was coming to the end of my contract last season and it was down to me to take my opportunity to be able to stay at the club.’

“When you’re not involved for the period that I was last season, it was important that I kept myself right and worked hard away from the pitch.

“When the opportunity came round, I was ready to take it because I put the work in. It wasn’t easy to do, but I’m glad I’m here now and I’m ready to kick on.”

‘It’s every fan’s dream to be in the position that I’m in today and I’m very grateful for it.’

“And it’s important to believe you can one day come through the ranks and play for Celtic.

“The prime examples have been Callum McGregor and James Forrest for what can be achieved through hard work and dedicating yourself and one day it could be you.

“My family, who are here today, have been with me since day one, supporting me through all of the ups and downs of being a footballer.

“My little girl is a massive part of my life and she’s able to be here on a special day as well. What I do now moving forward is for her. It gives you the extra motivation. To have this moment with them is special.”

It is great to see another academy graduate become a regular in the Celtic side. Ralston joined Celtic at the age of 8 and has worked his way up the ranks. Anthony will be viewed as an inspiration to many young footballers.

It has been a tremendous turnaround, one no Celtic fan had seen coming. Well done to the bricky!


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