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Anthony Ralston speaks on impressing Rodgers

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Anthony Ralston opens up after signing a three-year Celtic contract.

Celtic fans as New Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers is presented after the press conference

Speaking to Celtic TV, young defender Anthony Ralston has said that he is desperate to impress new manager Brendan Rodgers at Paradise.

The 17-year-old looks set to be at Celtic for a while yet after signing a three-year contract with the Scottish champions earlier this month.

Perhaps the wheels for this were set in motion before Rodgers arrived, with Ralston making his first-team debut in Celtic's penultimate Premiership clash this past season by earning 16 minutes in the 2-1 defeat at St Johnstone.

Celtic fans in the stadium await the arrival of New Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers after the press conference

But Ralston's stock is high after impressing on loan with Queens Park in the first half of the 2015-16 campaign, and the starlet hopes to make a similar impact in the Hoops' first team next season by impressing the ex-Liverpool boss.

Asked on Celtic TV how he is planning to impress Rodgers, the teenager said: “Just be myself, go in the way I left off. Keep myself fit over the pre-season, over the summer break as well.

“Then go back and prove to Brendan and the Celtic staff that I’m good enough.

“But it will be all down to hard work. I want to progress as a player and a person as well, and hopefully I’ll be able to do that.”

Kieran Tierney celebrates scoring the first goal for Celtic

Ralston need only look at left-back Kieran Tierney as a reminder of what's possible.

This time last year, Tierney was in the same boat as his fellow teenager, completely unproven, but fast forward 12 months and the 19-year-old - who celebrated a birthday last week - is arguably Scotland's most exciting young talent.

Ralston will hope to make a similar impact.

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