Celtic youngster responds to Neymar handshake snub

Date published: Wednesday 13th September 2017 11:30

Tony Ralston insists that Neymar deciding not to shake his hand after PSG beat Celtic on Tuesday was “not a big deal”.

PSG thrashed Celtic 5-0 to open their Champions League campaign in emphatic fashion.

Neymar was on the scoresheet for the French side, as well as Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani.

A Mikael Lustig own goal condemned Celtic, who “played like under-12s”, according to manager Brendan Rodgers, to a 5-0 home defeat.

Neymar refused to shake Ralston’s hand after the game, but the Celtic teenager was unperturbed.

“It wasn’t a big deal,” he said of the incident. “I won’t’ dwell on that too much. If that is the case [that he refused to shake hands] 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.

“I didn’t fear the likes of Neymar. I didn’t dwell on it too much. I just knew I had to play my normal game. I prepared for Neymar the way I’d prepare for any normal game.

“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.”

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