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Celtic: Anthony Ralston proved his worth again vs Livingston

League leaders Celtic recorded their tenth successive Scottish Premiership win with victory over Livingston at Parkhead on Wednesday evening, with the Old Firm giants still firmly on course to reclaim their title amid what has been a truly rampant run of form.

Last night’s affair saw an Ayo Obileye own goal and a Kyogo Furuhashi strike ultimately prove the difference for the Glasgow side, albeit with Nicky Devlin’s strike on the stroke of half-time having sparked some nerves for the Scottish champions.

As it proved, the Hoops would go on to fend off any fightback to re-establish their nine-point lead at the top of the table ahead of rivals Rangers, having also been denied a third goal of the night as Liel Abada was somewhat controversially deemed to be offside by VAR.

The Israel international was a notable standout performer against David Martindale’s men, although so too was defender Anthony Ralston, with the Scotland international proving just why he is an “unsung hero” for Ange Postecoglou’s side, according to journalist Anthony Haggerty.

While the 24-year-old’s night would ultimately end early due to injury, the attacking right-back had been truly impressive prior to his withdrawal, having played a key part in both goals for his side.

The six-cap machine notably fed the aforementioned Abada down the right flank in the build-up to the home side’s opener, before again teeing up the 21-year-old with a sumptuous threaded pass just before the interval, with the winger duly finding Kyogo for what proved to be the game’s decisive moment.

The Glasgow-born menace also went close to getting on the scoresheet himself after seeing his driven effort from outside the box tipped away by opposition ‘keeper, Ivan Konovalov, having posed a real threat from his inverted full-back position.

That is also evidenced by the fact that the £8.5k-per-week maestro attempted seven crosses from his 77 touches, while he also showcased his brilliance defensively after winning 100% of his aerial duels and recording two tackles.

Such a dominant performance saw the “ballet dancer” – as described by Dominik Diamond – record a solid 7.0 match rating prior to his eventual substitution, as per Sofascore, having played ‘very well’ and been ‘heavily involved’ up to that point, as per Glasgow Live’s Alan Galindo.

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Postecoglou revealed post-match that he hoped the injury was “nothing too serious“, with the Bhoys in need of Ralston’s presence as Josip Juranovic has been granted time off to recover from his World Cup exploits.

On the evidence of Ralston’s showing last night, however, when the Croatian is welcomed back into the fold he certainly won’t have it easy getting into the side, nor will January addition Alistair Johnston.