Tony Ralston has joined Queens Park on loan.
The 17-year-old made his debut for the Spiders on Saturday and had a hand in the opening goal in the 2-0 win over Clyde at Broadwood. Ralston can play anywhere along the right and played at right-back on Saturday.
Ralston played against Vale of Clyde in the recent testimonial for James McKinstry and will relish the prospect of first team football at Hampden after impressing for Celtic in the Glasgow Cup Final at the end of April.
The lively, honest and passionate Queens Park website reported: “The start to the second period was far quieter than the first, but that all changed after 52 minutes. Young Ralston fired in a cross from the right which was cleared by the home defence. It reached McKernon about 25 yards from goal and he sent a volley back towards Gibson.
“The effort was powerful, on target – and well struck. However, the keeper probably should have been able to deal with it. He wasn’t … the ball nestled in the corner of his net … and Queen’s were 1-0 up to the delight of their support. Little wonder those fans celebrated; it had been 383 minutes since they had last seen their team score in open play … but who was counting?
“A stunned Clyde manager tried to change things on the hour mark, replacing Brisbane with Scott Ferguson. But it was the change made by Gus MacPherson two minutes later that proved more influential when Carter took the place of Mortimer.
“Less than 90 seconds after coming on, the Spiders’ sub chased down a seemingly lost cause to win possession. He fed Bradley down the left flank and wee Joe played a lovely cut-back into the path of Woods. Paul drilled a shot into the corner of the net and the visiting fans erupted as Queen’s went 2-0 ahead.”
Queens Park have an excellent reputation for developing young talent, mainly for Dundee United, and lost out in the League One play-off’s last season.
Joe Bradley, who was released by Celtic in 2008, joined Queens Park in the summer after two spells with junior club Beith.