The recent Old Firm derby is one that all associated with Celtic will want to put behind them as they lost 2-0 to their rivals in the Scottish Premiership.
However it wasn’t all doom and gloom, as young Stephen Welsh shone in his first Old Firm fixture. He impressed many, including former Scotland manager Alex McLeish.
McLeish praises defender Welsh for his recent SPFL performance
Speaking to Football Insider, he said: “He didn’t do anything wrong, Rangers won with the two set-pieces. The lad didn’t look out of place and you have to say, to go into that kind of cauldron – I know there was no crowd there but still, to go and play against Rangers, I’m sure that the player and Neil Lennon and co would have rapped it into him.
“He knows himself, the kid, having seen a lot of Old Firm games before about how the intensity is absolutely massive and he’ll have even seen it when the young lads played against each other.”
Breaking down Welsh’s calm performance for Celtic
In what was his second only senior performance (Transfermarkt) for the club in the top flight, Welsh definitely looked like he adapted to the division well.
The stats highlight why McLeish was so full of praise for the player, as he made seven clearances, two interceptions and one tackle (SofaScore). He also won four of his six aerial duels and one ground duel.
This backs up what McLeish was saying when he insinuates that the 20 year-old was cool and composed considering the circumstances, not looking one bit out of place.
He has 13 appearances for the Scotland U19 squad, and this plus the fact he was given a chance in the Old Firm derby highlights that he is definitely a player for the future.
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