With the news that Celtic defender Anthony Ralston has joined Dundee United on an emergency loan, plenty of Hoops fans have been left scratching their heads on social media.
Ralston has made 10 senior appearances for Celtic, one of which came during a memorable Champions League debut against Neymar’s PSG.
However, while the 19-year-old has struggled to dethrone Mikael Lustig as Celtic’s first-choice right-back, plenty of fans are struggling to understand why Brendan Rodgers has allowed the player to leave temporarily.
Lustig has been incredibly inconsistent this term, with his form drawing heavy criticism from the Celtic Park faithful.
Meanwhile, the club’s other option at right-back, Cristian Gamboa has struggled to find his feet in the Scottish Premiership.
Essentially, that left Ralston as the player that plenty of Celtic fans wanted to see more of toward the end of the season, an opportunity which has been taken away with the defender sealing a switch to Tannadice:
— fraser young (@fraseryoung2001) March 16, 2018
What are celtic thinking about ralston should be getting a run in the first team #clueless
— sean mccluskey (@seanofthedead79) March 16, 2018
Not happy about Ralston being loaned out to Dundee United. Would much rather he played the remaining games for us at RB.
— Wolfe Of Parkhead 🍀 (@ParkheadWolfe) March 16, 2018
— Fassreifen (@Fassreifen) March 16, 2018
This is mental!!!! He should be a starter. Defence is shocking and we don’t have a good right back.
— steven scott (@steviewscott) March 16, 2018
Wee bit gutted Ralston is off to Dundee Utd… Thought he had a real chance to make RB his own towards the end of the season.
— Gastro Celtic (@Gastro_Celtic) March 16, 2018
This some sort of a joke?? He should be in the first team here on a regular basis !!
— thomas bowman (@thommybhoy21) March 16, 2018
Bit of a surprise, thought he was the essential cover and replacement for Mikel
— Alastair Baird (@Seagoon62) March 16, 2018
Emergency un-loan him we have Lustig and Gamboa 😭
— Matthew (@CelticBhoy_88) March 16, 2018
— Georgina 🍀 (@Georgina87x) March 16, 2018
— A.Muir (@muirybhoy) March 16, 2018
Get rid of lustig he is past it. This Bhoy should be starting every week. What a joke!!
— Tommy (@tommy___c) March 16, 2018
While Brendan Rodgers told reporters that Celtic are on the “home straight” in their defence of the title this afternoon, it may be worrying for some fans that a player with Ralston’s potential hasn’t been afforded a chance with so many other players off form.