A former Celtic Academy man’s delight at Anthony Ralston’s rebirth

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Former Celtic Academy talent Calvin Miller has expressed his joy that Anthony Ralston is living his dream of Hoops.

Ralston has been amazing this season; after being asked about a one-year extension this summer, he has become a reliable and exciting right-back. Despite average loans with St Johnstone and Dundee United in the past, Ralston has always been there for Ange Postecoglou.

He even picked up a cap for Scotland. And Miller, reflecting on his own time at Celtic, beams for his childhood friend Ralston.

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Speaking to the Scottish Daily Mail [print edition, 07/01/22, p. 75], Miller said: “[Ralston] got one more opportunity thanks to a new manager – and he really took it.

“I’m really happy for him. He shows his talent and makes it difficult for anyone to take his place.

“People have started to believe in him and the fans are on his side. I was able to get a few matches and then you go in and out like it was.

“It’s hard to show real form and consistency, the supporters can be quite hard on you sometimes.

“We have to play for Celtic together. They were great days. I still managed to make my childhood dream come true, so I will cherish it forever.

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Anthony Ralston took the risk from Celtic and ran with

What more can you say about Anthony Ralston at this point? The guy has been phenomenal, and there is a real choice for Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou at right-back.

If you had said before the start of the season that not choosing Anthony Ralston over a Croatian international would be controversial? You would have been made fun of wherever you are. It just didn’t seem feasible.

Calvin Miller, however, clearly believed in his mate. With Angel in the dugout, Ralston seems to have an exciting future in Paradise.

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As for Miller, however? He never really had that chance. He is now at Chesterfield in the National League, having spent time on loan with Dundee and Ayr United before being released by Celtic. He also had spells with Harrogate Town and Notts County.

Making only 5 appearances for the first team, Celtic Academy Miller’s talent had been sensed for quite some time. He just never got the chance to be consistent, and it showed. One wonders what Ralston’s career might have been like if he hadn’t taken his chance this summer.

The margin of error at Celtic is almost non-existent. And Miller and Ralston’s different trajectories show how persistence, timing, and circumstances can change everything.

Luckily for Anthony Ralston, he was in the right place at the right time and showed his qualities.

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