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Ange Postecoglou has confirmed that Celtic are in talks about a new contract for Tony Ralston.

The 22-year-old has been one of Celtic’s best performers this season, yesterday against St Johnstone he held his place with Josip Juranovic returned out of position at left-back.

Ralston looked to be on his way out of Celtic last season but late in the day the club took up a 12 month option on his contract after Hatem Abd Elhamed, Jeremie Frimpong, Kris Ajer and Jonjoe Kenny had shared the right-back berth with Ralston’s only first team appearance coming in January while 13 players self-isolated after Dubai.

Since making his debut against St Johnstone in May 2017 Ralston has only made 16 SPFL starts for Celtic with half of them coming under Postecoglou.

A new contract shouldn’t be too difficult to agree with the Academy graduate, speaking about contracts to the Daily Record Postecoglou said:

In terms of Tony, Michael Nicholson (interim chief executive) is in charge of that area. My focus is trying to make sure that Anthony continues his development because he’s been fantastic.

Contract negotiations will take care of themselves. There’s very little need to feel angst about it. The club has a lot of faith in Tony. That’s why they gave him a new contract before I even started here.

I gave him a chance and you’d have to say he’s grabbed it with both hands so far.

In season 2019/20 Ralston played 21 SPFL games on loan to St Johnstone before Lockdown, prior to that he had been on loan at Dundee United in The Championship.

CLICK HERE for Ralston’s soccerbase profile

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