Celtic teenager Anthony Ralston has his say on PSG superstar Neymar’s handshake snub in Champions League clash



NEYMAR, ney class?

That’s the way it looked as PSG’s £198million superstar refused to shake Anthony Ralston’s hand after a 5-0 win.

Celtic’s Anthony Ralston laughs at the most expensive player in the world Neymar during PSG Champions League thrashing

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Anthony Ralston clashed with Neymar as PSG beat Celtic in the Champions League – Neymar refused a handshake at the end

But the 18-year-old Celtic star has told the Brazilian that his full-time strop didn’t bother him one bit.

While most kids Ralston’s age idolise the Samba star, the Hoops youngster instead got tore in about him.

Neymar didn’t like that rough treatment and took the huff, but Ralston laughed off his reaction.

He said: “If that is the case, and that is the way he wants to be, then fine. I don’t care.

“Everybody is different, so I won’t lose any sleep over it. It wasn’t a big deal. I won’t dwell on that too much.

“I didn’t fear the likes of Neymar. I just knew I had to play my normal game.

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“I prepared for facing him the way I’d prepare for any normal match.

“I did exactly the same routine. It’s just another man on the pitch you are playing against.

“I don’t put him on a pedestal. You just deal with it.”

Ralston is mature on and off the pitch — and that is exactly why Brendan Rodgers trusted him in a game of this magnitude.

For the teenager, it was a dream come true.

It was only a few years ago that he would act as a ballboy on these Euro nights at Celtic Park.

The world record Brazilian goaded the Scottish youngster after a foul in the game

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The world record Brazilian goaded the Scottish youngster after a foul in the game

The pair tussled throughout the match

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The pair tussled throughout the match

Ralston said he didn't prepare any differently for the Brazilian

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Ralston said he didn’t prepare any differently for the Brazilian

When Celtic beat Barcelona in 2012, he was at the side of the pitch.

Last night, just five years later, he was ON it.

As a lifelong Hoops fan, it didn’t get any better that record-breaking defeat stat aside.

Not since 1895 have Celts lost so heavily at home.

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    PSG fully deserved their 5-0 win but Ralston insists he will still remember the game for the positive moments.

    He said: “It was a dream to be out there. I’ve been a fan all my life and been a ball boy on these kind of nights.

    “The Barca game stands out but there were loads. To go from that to this is surreal.

    “It was just incredible to be out there in front of those amazing fans.

    “To experience that at the start was the best feeling in the world.

    “Just hearing the Champions League music and the fans roaring is something I’ll never forget.

    “It was disappointing to lose but I still enjoyed it.

    “It was a bit surreal. It’s a moment you just need to take in. Moments like that you never forget.

    “They are the reasons you play football. You always hope to get to this level.

    “They are the best fans in the world at Celtic Park.”

    PSG smashed Celtic in Glasgow


    PSG smashed Celtic in Glasgow

    Ralston had a tough time in the first half but grew into it after the break and did himself proud.

    One mazy run forward almost brought a goal and the Celtic fans showed their appreciation.

    His tackling did earn a booking from referee Daniele Orsato but in terms of commitment, Ralston couldn’t give any more.

    The 5-0 result showed the gulf in class between the two teams but the Celtic teen felt the second half showing showed promise.

    He said: “These games test you mentally and I felt all the boys bounced back in the second half and we went for it. No heads went down.

    “We dealt with it well in the second half and kept going.

    “Going forward it is the crowd that gives you that extra wee bit, to get you to keep going.

    “That run in the second half and the crowd’s reaction was one of the moments I’ll never forget but there were lots of moments like that. There is lots to learn from.”

    SunSport revealed that Ralston had got the nod to face Neymar — only his fifth Celtic start.

    But the Celtic teenager admits gaffer Rodgers gave him a full week to prepare for his biggest test.

    He said: “The manager let me know a week ago that I’d be playing.

    “It allowed me to get it inside my head and prepare right.

    “I just went through my normal routine after he told me.

    “I tried to keep things the same. I didn’t feel fazed by it.

    “This is where I want to play, at this level.”

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