Worse than Soro: Celtic gem who lost possession 17x severely let Ange down last night - opinion

© Provided by Football FanCast Celtic, Hoops, Bhoys, SPFL, Scottish Premiership, Anthony Ralston, Real Betis, Europa League, Ange Postecoglou,

If an extraterrestrial was sent down from space and asked the nearest person to define Celtic, the response would have been to watch the Hoops’ game on Thursday evening.

Going forward Ange Postecoglou’s men were first class, but old habits die hard as their defence consistently let them down.

This is going to be a tough Europa League group for the Bhoys and nothing summed that up more than their 4-3 defeat to Real Betis in Sevilla this week.

Celtic took a shock 2-0 lead, sending supporters who were unable to travel to the game into bedlam.

However, the Spanish opposition fought back and eventually took a 4-2 lead before Anthony Ralston’s late header gave the Glasgow side hope.

No one can ever fault Ralston’s commitment or work ethic but, apart from his goal, he was one of the most frustrating figures against Betis.

Coupled with Ismaila Soro, the duo endured a nightmare in soaring temperatures at the Estadio Benito Villamarín. The Ivorian looked like a red card waiting to happen and was taken off shortly after the break in favour of James McCarthy.

His discipline was again questionable but Ralston was arguably worse.

The Scot has been a revelation during the opening months of the campaign and now has three goals for the season in what has been a breakthrough year.

Sadly, one of Postecoglou’s most consistent players since arriving severely let him down in Spain.

The right-back was a threat going forward but was a liability at the back, much like the rest of Celtic’s defence.

They shipped 19 goals in the Europa League last term, the highest of any side in the tournament, and it’s evident that they haven’t learned their lessons from 12 months ago.

Ralston was particularly poor and was caught out on numerous occasions, firstly for the opening Betis goal.

He failed to clear the ball on the right-hand side of the penalty area and then Juan Miranda strolled through the centre-back pairing before sliding the ball home.

The Scot was also caught out of position for the hosts’ third goal. Sergio Canales waltzed past the defender as though he wasn’t there and, instead of trying to make up for his mistake, he was caught ball watching alongside Soro.

The Spaniard was able to supply a teasing ball for the robust Borja Iglesias to beat Joe Hart as a consequence.

Ralston’s woeful evening was capped off by a cross in the second half soaring high, wide and out of play at the near post. That was just one of 17 concessions of the football as he found the target with only 50% of his deliveries.

He did pop up with a late goal but by then, the damage had already been done. With 15 minutes left, substitute Alex Moreno flew past him with relative ease before Cameron Carter-Vickers performed a rescue act to sweep up the play.

The defender has been an excellent servant during the 2021/22 season so far but this was a performance which demonstrated why Juranovic will eventually become the incumbent of the right-back role.

AND in other news, 83.3% duels won: Celtic surely regret losing 6ft4 “weapon” after European masterclass…

Source

Internet Explorer Channel Network
News Related

OTHER NEWS

Abigail Breslin Gives Puff-Sleeved LBD an Edge with Patent Platform Boots at EMA Awards Gala

© Bauergriffin.com / MEGA ABreslin Abigail Breslin gave a sweet dress an edgy twist at the Environmental Media Association Awards Gala in Los Angeles. The “Scream Queens” star hit the ... Read more »

Rangers and Celtic away allocations in focus as Tony Fitzpatrick dreams of giving Glasgow duo '200 tickets' at St Mirren

St Mirren CEO Tony Fitzpatrick says he’d love nothing more than to give travelling Old Firm fans “200 tickets” in a corner of the SMISA Stadium as Rangers prepare to ... Read more »

Woman raped on Philadelphia train, bystanders ‘should have done something': cops

Fellow passengers who witnessed the rape of a woman on a suburban Philadelphia train “should have done something,” according to police. Fiston Ngoy, 35, has been charged with rape, aggravated ... Read more »

Capitol attack panel's message to Steve Bannon: we won't forget about you

Adam Kinzinger, one of two Republicans on the special committee investigating the deadly 6 January US Capitol attack, said on Sunday the pursuit of a criminal contempt referral against Steve ... Read more »

Jon Stewart: Americans 'still have time' to preserve democracy

Comedian Jon Stewart reflected on the state of American politics on Sunday, warning that although the country’s democratic system is under threat, Americans “still have time” to preserve it. © ... Read more »

4 Exercises a Professional Trainer Would Never Do

© Matthew Leete/getty images While we know the difference between a push-up and a pull-up, we’re definitely not pros when it comes to working out. So we checked in with Will Torres, a movement ... Read more »

UN: Syria government, opposition to begin drafting charter

BEIRUT (AP) — Syria’s government and opposition in the war-torn country have agreed to start drafting constitutional reforms, the U.N. Syria envoy announced Sunday, a major step after a nine-month ... Read more »

WNBA stars rally against Texas abortion ban in full-page NYT ad from players' union

© Provided by INSIDER Nneka Ogwumike, president of the WNBA Players Association, was among the athletes who signed a statement, which ran as a full-page New York Times ad, against ... Read more »

How to Create a DIY ‘Squid Game' Halloween Costume

© Netflix ICYMI: the spooky season belongs to Squid Game this year. Netflix recently announced that the horror show has become its biggest series launch to date, and is now the ... Read more »

The Jon Gruden emails were just a small part of a much bigger investigation and the NFL is under fire to release more

© Provided by INSIDER Jon Gruden. AP Photo/Rick Scuteri NFL coach Jon Gruden resigned when emails showed he used racist, homophobic, and misogynistic language. The emails were found as a ... Read more »

Two more labourers killed in Indian Kashmir in spate of shootings

© Tauseef MUSTAFA Indian army soldiers patrol in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district on October 16, 2021. The region has seen outbreaks of unrest in recent weeks Two labourers were killed ... Read more »

Ex-Ivory Coast president Gbagbo launches new party, vows to stay in politics

© Reuters/LUC GNAGO Ivory Coast’s former president Laurent Gbagbo speaks during the second day of the meeting to launch the formation of a new political party at the Sofitel hotel ... Read more »

Money expert explains pitfalls of COVID bonuses beyond frontline workers

© Provided by Extra.ie A money expert has explained the pitfalls in Government potentially paying out bonuses to workers outside frontline healthcare staff who faced risk during the COVID-19 pandemic. ... Read more »

President Higgins pays tribute to Irish-language poet Máire Mac an tSaoi who has died aged 99

© NUIG IRISH LANGUAGE POET Máire Mhac an tSaoi has passed away at the age of 99. President Michael D Higgins led tributes this afternoon to the “scholar, acclaimed writer, ... Read more »

Gang with past abductions blamed for kidnapping missionaries

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — A gang blamed for kidnapping five priests and two nuns earlier this year in Haiti is now accused of kidnapping 17 missionaries from a U.S.-based organization, ... Read more »

Highest daily infections in THREE MONTHS: Covid cases soar by 30%

© Provided by Daily Mail MailOnline logo Britain’s Covid outbreak grew again today as the number of daily cases soared by 30 per cent in the past seven days to 45,140 ... Read more »

Family ‘absolutely broken' by murder of Sir David Amess

The family of murdered Sir David Amess said tributes paid to the Conservative MP have given them strength as they try to come to terms with his “cruel and violent” ... Read more »

Coast Guard: 1,200-foot ship dragged California oil pipeline

1 / 3California Undersea Oil PipelinesFILE – In this Thursday, Oct 7, 2021 file photo, Workers in protective suits clean the contaminated beach in Corona Del Mar after an oil ... Read more »

NASCAR at Texas live race updates, results, highlights from Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500

The NASCAR playoff race is closer than ever heading into the first race of the Round of 8 on Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway. Chaos undoubtedly will unfold on the ... Read more »

Jaguars snap losing streak with win over Dolphins in London

© Provided by NBC Sports Two of the worst teams in the NFL played an ugly game in London today. In the end, the Jaguars came out on top. The ... Read more »

Source: Ed Orgeron Won't Return to LSU in 2022, Will Finish Season With Tigers

Ed Orgeron’s time at LSU will come to an end after the 2021 season, according to SI’s Ross Dellenger. © Provided by Sports Illustrated Jordan Prather/USA TODAY Sports LSU head ... Read more »

Ed Orgeron will not return as LSU coach in 2022

Ed Orgeron will not return as head coach of the LSU Tigers in 2022, despite leading the team to a victory in the College Football Playoff National Championship in 2020. ... Read more »

Newcastle vs. Tottenham halted after players alert staff to medical emergency in stands

A Premier League match between Newcastle and Tottenham was suspended temporarily due to a medical emergency in the stands that players made officials aware of during the first half.   Tottenham ... Read more »

A 6-year-old Texas first grader was struck and killed by a pickup truck after she was was dropped off by her school bus

© Screenshot via GoFundMe Harris’ family set up a fundraiser after the six-year-old died after exiting a school bus last week. Screenshot via GoFundMe A 6-year-old was killed after she ... Read more »

Yellow alert level at University Hospital of North Norway: 15 patients admitted with COVID-19

The University Hospital of North Norway is at the yellow alert level – 15 people have been admitted with COVID-19. The infection is increasing in Tromsø Municipality. On Sunday, the ... Read more »

‘The best damn island' Staff serve 250 kilos of ribs a day on billionaire cruise island

While guests rarely see any of the more hair-raising moments on Ocean Cay, the staff have their fair share of teething problems to tackle. Channel 4 joined the staff of ... Read more »

Treasury prepares to launch online sales tax

Rishi Sunak is stepping up plans for an online sales tax to level the playing field between tech behemoths and high street retailers after delaying an overhaul of business rates. ... Read more »

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson says Trump's continued focus on the 2020 election is 'a recipe for disaster' in the midterms

© Provided by Business Insider Gov. Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas. AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta Gov. Hutchinson said that “relitigating” the 2020 election would be “a recipe for disaster in 2022.” ... Read more »

‘It's all I had': Kelowna, B.C. senior shares details of elaborate scam

After seeing an ad for bitcoin and pondering the possible investment, 77-year-old Lynda Krauza decided she wanted to get into the cryptocurrency market. © THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP /Kin Cheung A ... Read more »

Prayers, advocacy and phone calls: the life of a hospital chaplain during COVID-19

© CBC Royal University Hospital is one of the hospitals Jackie Saretsky serves as a chaplain. As Saskatchewan hospitals are stretched to the limit during this fourth wave of the ... Read more »

Basel jubelt in Sitten spät - Lausanne gewinnt zum ersten Mal

© KEYSTONE/VALENTIN FLAURAUD Basel führt die Tabelle der Super League auch nach der 10. Runde an. Die Basler gewinnen im Sitten glücklich 1:0. Auch St. Gallen jubelt gegen Servette spät, ... Read more »

Zhegrova schiesst den FCB per Traumtor an die Spitze – St.Gallen im späten VAR-Glück

© JEAN-CHRISTOPHE BOTT/keystone-sda.ch Joie des joueurs balois apres le bur marque par le joueur balois Eden Zhegrova, lors de la rencontre du championnat de football de Super League entre le ... Read more »

Bank of England warns it will act to contain inflation risk

© Henry Nicholls The Bank of England has forecast the Britain’s inflation rate will rise above 4 per cent. Bank of England Governor Andrew Bailey has suggested the British Central ... Read more »

Hilarious video shows DoorDash coffee order trap man inside his home

@slopshaw It’s ok, I do some DoorDash driving from time to time, I can criticize #doordash #coffee #doordash ♬ Way 2 Sexy – Drake A DoorDash customer says his delivery ... Read more »

England to open walk-in Covid clinics for children aged 12-15 within weeks

Photograph: Rui Vieira/AP Walk-in vaccine clinics for 12- to 15-year-olds are expected to be launched in England within weeks, to stem rising rates of Covid-19 infections within secondary schools. The ... Read more »

Home Secretary and Speaker join calls for Southend to be made a city as a tribute to Sir David Amess

Southend-on-Sea seen from the shoreline – Alamy Stock Photo Making Southend-on-Sea a city would be a “wonderful” tribute to Sir David Amess, Priti Patel said, joining calls to fulfil one ... Read more »

A man divided: F Scott Fitzgerald and the birth of Gatsby

Just like the initial publication of the book, the 2013 film adaptation was polarising among critics (Bazmark Films/Warner Bros/Kobal/Shutterstock) Gifted, charismatic and impoverished, F Scott Fitzgerald fell hopelessly in love ... Read more »

WHO Nod to Covaxin This Month-end? Chief Scientist Says Advisory Group to Meet on Oct 26

© Provided by News18 WHO Nod to Covaxin This Month-end? Chief Scientist Says Advisory Group to Meet on Oct 26 The technical advisory group of the World Health Organisation (WHO) ... Read more »

Singhu lynching barbaric, says Sukhbir

© Provided by Hindustan Times SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal said incidents like the Singhu lynching had no place in a civilised society. (Sameer Sehgal/HT) Amritsar Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) ... Read more »

India Likely to Host NSA Meet on Afghanistan Next Month; Pakistan, China Among Invitees: Report

© Provided by News18 India Likely to Host NSA Meet on Afghanistan Next Month; Pakistan, China Among Invitees: Report In a first-of-its-kind move, India is likely to host a meet ... Read more »