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Stephen Welsh

Discussion in 'Celtic Chat' started by Notorious, Aug 29, 2019.

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  1. belfastcelt Gold Member Gold Member

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    Did we not think that last time and he was in the squad v clyde. Could be wrong tho
     
  2. Notorious Gold Member Gold Member

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    Stephen Welsh has signed a new three-year contract extension that will see him remain at the club until at least the summer of 2023. The 20-year-old defender, who spent the first half of last season on loan at Morton, has also made his first-team debut for Celtic.

    Neil Lennon selected him for the Premiership game against Hamilton Accies at New Douglas Park back in February this year, and he enjoyed an impressive debut as the Hoops won 4-1.
     
  3. Notorious Gold Member Gold Member

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    THE entire Celtic team were disappointed by the abrupt end to last season, none more so than Stephen Welsh who had made his first-team debut in February and was hoping for more playing time during the remainder of the campaign.

    After making his first-team debut on February 2 in Celtic’s 4-1 away win to Hamilton Celtic’s latest Academy graduate had ambitions of further playing time before they were dashed when the season was brought to an abrupt halt in March.

    That breakthrough came on February 2 in Celtic’s 4-1 away win to Hamilton Accies, and the central defender impressed in his first outing. Now, having enjoyed pre-season with Neil Lennon’s first-team squad, the 20-year-old is looking forward to the competitive football starting and is ready to play his part as and when required.

    “This was the third pre-season I’ve been on with the first-team and the biggest difference this year has been the level of opposition we’ve played,” said Welsh in an exclusive interview with the Celtic View. “Usually we’ll play a few local, lower level teams in Austria but this summer we were facing Champions League sides like Lyon and PSG.

    “That’s what we need going into this season. They were preparing for Champions League games and cup games so they were around the same stage of preseason as us. I felt we did okay in the games, especially younger boys like myself. I thought everyone handled it really well.”

    Welsh believes the experience of playing against such high-level opposition in pre-season will be hugely beneficial for his development, and he is hopeful that it will help him chase down his goals this season.

    “We’ll learn more in that 60 minutes against opposition like that than we would two or three games against opposition teams,” said Welsh. “I feel a lot more comfortable in and around the players because I’ve been involved with the first team for a couple of years now. That time around them means you become familiar with the expectations on and off the pitch. It’s about working hard every day.

    “The expectation at the club is absolutely massive. I’ve been here since I was eight-years-old so I’m aware of the standards and the targets which is three points in every game. That’s what it’s all about at a top club like Celtic.”
     
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    Hope to see him in or around first team squad
     
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  6. PaulM1888 Gold Member Gold Member

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    Even without Bitton and Elhamed, unless the unthinkable happens and we drop another centre half, he won’t be playing.
     
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    We get to our second most important game of the season-and he does not have one minute under his belt.
     
  8. Peej Gold Member Gold Member

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    He will surely be on the bench as the only other option for a CB.
    This is why we need(ed) another CB in the summer regardless. We are far too light in that area, specially when trying to play 3 at the back.
    Our two backups are good players but they aren't first choice CB and both are now out. Welsh will start in the bench, but as you say, not a minute under his belt.
    Further highlights not only the lack of depth at the back, but the lack of rotation and ability to manage the squad.

    I'll say again though, I'm very very happy with the transfer window and all credit to the board, but the backline is weakest and was the only other real area I wanted more done with.

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  9. McGuire Gold Member Gold Member

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    He'll deffo be on the bench i think..
     
  10. PaulM1888 Gold Member Gold Member

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    Yeah, he’ll be on the bench. We didn’t need another centre back at all; Duffy, Ajer, Bitton, Jullien, Elhamed and Welsh are more then enough.

    Where would it end?
     
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    Rumoured to be playing tomorrow as Julien us injured
     
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    Been hearing stories all day that he is starting.

    That being the case, we are an embarrassment.
     
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    1 injured cb and the other two down with covid

    why is that an embarrassment?
     
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    Duffy, Ajer, Jullien

    Who is injured, and what 2 have covid?
     
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    Julien is injured and Bitton and El Hamed have covid
     
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    Got to start somewhere , why not see what he has about him in a big game at start of the season !!
     
  18. James Gold Member Gold Member

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    I would imagine if Jullien is out then we would go 4 at the back otherwise not signing a CB to replace Jozo looks daft now
     
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    Jullien has been on the bench the last 2 games.
     
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    We can't play 4 at the back against this mob. They will have freedom to bring their full backs forward and supply Kent and whoever else to pin us in.