Is Celtic's reported Tom James interest a worrying sign for Anthony Ralston?

Celtic's Northern Irish manager Brendan Rodgers looks on during the UEFA Europa League football match between Celtic and Zenit Saint Petersburg at Celtic Park stadium in Glasgow, Scotland...

Tony Ralston signed a four-year deal with Celtic in December but now the Scottish Premiership champions are eyeing Tom James from League Two Yeovil Town.

Anthony Ralston of Celtic during the International Champions Cup series match between Barcelona and Celtic at Aviva Stadium on July 30, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland.

2017/18 looked set to be a breakthrough season for Tony Ralston at Celtic.

The 19-year-old was a regular fixture in Brendan Rodgers’ starting XI in the first half of the campaign and was even trusted to start a Champions League clash against Paris Saint-Germain.

While the Hoops were on the wrong end of a 5-0 thumping at Parkhead, Ralston was praised for his handling of the world’s most expensive footballer, Neymar.

As such, a new four-year deal signed in December was just rewards for his performances.

Paris Saint-Germain's Brazilian striker Neymar (L) gestures to Celtic's Scottish defender Anthony Ralston during the UEFA Champions League Group B football match between Celtic and Paris...

But Ralston has been strangely absent from the starting line-up since his recent return to injury. He has not made an appearance since September despite the poor form of Mikael Lustig, with centre-half Kristoffer Ajer chosen ahead of him at right-back for the Old Firm derby clash with Rangers on Sunday.

And reports in the Daily Record stating that Celtic are planning a summer move for the Yeovil Town talent Tom James should perhaps be a concern to Ralston.

The 21-year-old Welshman has been very impressive for the Glovers since Cardiff City let him leave on a free in January of last year, and he earned rave reviews for his performance in the FA Cup clash with Manchester United in January.

Alexis Sanchez of Manchester United and Tom James of Yeovil Town during The Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round match between Yeovil Town and Manchester United at Huish Park on January 26, 2018...

It is understood that Premier League duo Swansea City and Bournemouth are also keen on a player who would cost around £500,000.

But would the addition of another young right-back suggest that Ralston has some way to go before he convinces Rodgers that he is the future of Celtic’s defence?

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