The Chalkboard: Anthony Ralston can be Celtic’s new Kieran Tierney

Young Celtic right-back Anthony Ralston produced another assured and confident display in his side’s 3-0 win against Dundee on Saturday, and Brendan Rodgers may have just discovered the new Kieran Tierney for the Glasgow giants.

On the chalkboard

The 20-year-old was only making his 12th appearance in all competitions for the Scottish Premiership leaders at the weekend, but he is already making a big impact at right-back.

With the contracts of Mikael Lustig and Cristian Gamboa both due to expire in the summer and with the duo looking far from convincing on the pitch, Rodgers may well have been considering letting them go and bringing a new right-back to Celtic Park.

However, Ralston has come in and peformed way beyond his years in their previous two Scottish to-flight fixtures, helping them to keep two successive clean sheets and perhaps even changing his manager’s transfer plans as a result.

The new Tierney?

The early signs are certainly good.

Rodgers would have been dreaming of having a player similar to the 21-year-old left-back on the opposite side, and in Ralston he might have just discovered him.

There is no doubt that Tierney is a special talent having already made 161 appearances for Celtic and having captained the club on occasions, but his 20-year-old teammate is showing all of the traits needed to be a long-term fixture in the Bhoys side, too.

While he was unable to follow up the assist he got in the 3-0 win against Motherwell last week against Dundee, he has already shown that he has the ability to not only defend but also make an impression in the final third – something Tierney has become renowned for and why he is such a huge fans’ favourite.

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