Sarajevo could identify Anthony Ralston as a Celtic weakness

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Sarajevo defender Dusan Hodzic has claimed Celtic “have a few” weaknesses ahead of the meeting between the two sides on Tuesday, as reported by The Scottish Sun.

What’s he said?

Celtic are just days away from kicking off a new season with Neil Lennon in charge, facing a difficult challenge away to Bosnian champions FK Sarajevo on Tuesday.

It’s the first step in a gruelling gauntlet that could lead the Hoops back to the big time group stages of the UEFA Champions League this autumn.

Sarajevo have their own ambitions of course and full-back Hodzic believes they can get something out of the game.

How does Neil Lennon turn his doubters into believers? The answer lies in the video below…

As quoted by The Scottish Sun, he said:

“Our preparations for the Champions League qualifier have been good. We had an excellent camp in Slovenia and now we are back in Sarajevo.

“We are still slightly rusty, which is understandable at this time of year, but we will be ready for Celtic. I think we have a better squad than last season. We have added some players and have some real quality in the squad.

“We have analysed Celtic a lot since we returned to training. They don’t have a lot of weak points, but they have a few and we are aiming to take advantage of them.

“Celtic are the hardest opponent we could have got in the draw, but that also means it’s a great challenge for the players. I think it will be a tough, physical battle and we are confident we can get the right result.”

What is Celtic’s big weakness?

After the departure of six defenders from last year’s Celtic squad, the Hoops have not entirely bolstered their defensive line to the required extent ahead of the opening qualifier.

Signings such as Christopher Jullien and Boli Bolingoli-Mbombo have arrived at centre-back and left-back, but on the right flank things are looking far shakier.

Anthony Ralston is currently the only recognised right-back at the club and his lack of experience alone means he is a player that Sarajevo could exploit in wide areas next week.

The 20-year-old has started just 10 matches since making his debut back in 2016, barely used last season behind options such as Mikael Lustig, Jeremy Toljan and Cristian Gamboa.

He hasn’t progressed or shown much potential in those three years and in terms of “weak points” in the team as Hodzic talks about, the right-back position is undoubtedly the glaring one.