Brazilian Refused To Shake His Hand
Celtic youngster Anthony Ralston says he isn’t going to dwell on Neymar’s refusal to shake his hand following last night’s Champions League clash with Paris Saint-Germain.
Records tumbled as the Hoops were beaten 5-0 by the French big-spenders. It was Celtic’s heaviest home defeat in European football and the first time they have conceded five goals in a home game since 1895.
Ralston, 18, was given the task of marking the £198million Neymar. After the match, the Brazilian refused to shake hands, but the teenager wasn’t overawed either by the player or the snub.
“It wasn’t a big deal. I won’t dwell on that too much,”
“If that is the case, and that is the way he wants to be, then fine. I don’t care. Like I said, everybody is different, so I won’t lose any sleep over it.”
The match was only Ralston’s eighth for Celtic’s first team and his first start in the Champions League.
But the Scottish champions were brushed aside by a rampant PSG side. Neymar opened the scoring on 19 minutes and there were goals before half time by Kylian Mbappe and a penalty from Edinson Cavani. An own goal from Mikael Lustig on 83 minutes was followed by Cavani’s second to round off the scoring.
But the match was marred by a pitch invasion from a Celtic fan. The incident happened late in the first half by an intruder who aimed a kick at Kylian Mbappe. The intruder was removed but Celtic have been hit with a Uefa charge. Their case will be heard by Uefa’s control, ethics and disciplinary body on 19 October. PSG have also been charged after seats were ripped up in the away end.
“It was disappointing at any ground, at any club, a supporter getting on the pitch like that,” Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers said after the match.
“It was bitterly disappointing and I am sure the club will deal with whoever that supporter was. It shouldn’t be anything that we should see.
“I think the stewards dealt with it at the time and I am sure the club will deal with it.”