Celtic have entered into contract talks with right-back Anthony Ralson in a bid to keep the defender at Parkhead.
That’s according to a claim made by transfer specialist Ekrem Konur, with the journalist revealing in a post on Twitter that Celtic have started negotiations with the 22-year-old regarding a new deal, following the former Scotland U21 international’s incredibly impressive start to the Scottish Premiership season.
In his tweet, Konur said: “Celtic have begun talks to extend Anthony Ralston’s contract.”
Considering just how important a part of Ange Postecoglou’s Celtic side Ralston has become over the early stages of the current campaign, the news that the club are planning to offer the right-back a fresh deal is sure to have left the Parkhead faithful buzzing.
Indeed, over his eight Scottish Premiership appearances this term, the £270k-rated defender has scored two goals, registered two assists and has created a whopping six big chances for his teammates, as well as taking an average of 1.5 shots and making 1.8 key passes per game.
The 22-year-old has also impressed in metrics more typical of his position, helping the Bhoys keep four clean sheets, in addition to making an average of 0.5 interceptions, 2.5 tackles, 2.1 clearances and winning 7.5 duels per fixture.
These returns have seen the player Brendan Rodgers dubbed an “excellent” talent average a rather extraordinary SofaScore match rating of 7.78, ranking him as the best performer in the entirety of the Scottish top flight.
Furthermore, Ralston has also impressed over his three Europa League appearances this season, scoring one goal, helping his side keep one clean sheet and averaging a SofaScore match rating of 7.10.
As such, despite Celtic’s signing of Croatia right-back Josip Juranovic this summer, it would appear as if the academy product has put forward a very strong case for being Postecoglou’s first choice in the position, and is certainly deserving of a new contract on much more than his current £5.5k-per-week.