ON-LOAN Celtic defender Anthony Ralston insists he will treat Dundee United’s Premiership play-off clash against Dunfermline tonight as though it was a European confrontation.

The powerful right-back, who agreed a temporary switch to the Tayside outfit in January, turned out for the Hoops against Paris Saint-Germain at Parkhead in September.

Now Ralston’s sights are set on the Fifers after the first leg goalless draw at East End Park.

He said: “There is so much at stake in this game. so I will go into it the same way as I did when playing in the Champions League.

“I want to win and I want to do my best for the team. There is no difference in those games in any sense for me because I just want to win no matter who it’s against.

“It would also mean a lot to me to help the team back into the Premiership.”

The defender added: “It was tough dropping out of the Celtic team after getting a taste of the Champions League. but that’s football.

“I was living the dream, but injuries happen and you just have to get on with it.

“Everyone takes knocks in their career, but it’s how you respond to it that matters.

“Coming to United has provided the pathway for me to get back to where I want to be. It has been good taking up this challenge.

“I needed to get games and get my fitness back to where it should be.”

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