Celtic’s trip to Motherwell on Wednesday night will be one of the more difficult away games the team will face this season.
The Hoops will be taking on the team currently third in the Premiership table. With that in mind, manager Neil Lennon will no doubt pick his strongest side to take on the Fir Park side.
That should include Stephen Welsh, who started for the Hoops in Sunday’s 4-1 win over Hamilton. The centre-back, who turned 20 last month, performed admirably in what could have been a difficult game for him.
For a start, he had to contend with playing on Hamilton’s artificial pitch, which is not easy to deal with, especially for a player making their first-team debut.
He also had to play in a formation he might not have been familiar with, as Neil Lennon opted to play three at the back.
However, Welsh performed very well on the day. Perhaps the highlight of his performance was a hooked overhead clearance when he beat David Moyo to the ball, when the Hamilton striker was almost clean through on goal.
Most composed Hoops defender on the day
He looked the most composed of Celtic’s three centre-backs on the day, as both Kristoffer Ajer and Christopher Jullien were guilty of errors at times.
That didn’t happen with Welsh, who kept things simple.
Neil Lennon will have been impressed with Welsh’s performance, and as a result, he should keep the centre-back in the team for the trip to Motherwell.
No reason to leave out player on back of good display
Why would the Hoops boss leave out the player who was arguably his best performing defender in the win over Hamilton?
There is no reason for that to happen. Will Welsh be a regular for the rest of the season? Probably not, especially when Jozo Simunovic and Nir Bitton are back in the squad.
However, he should still be selected for the game against Motherwell. It will be a good test for the player, to see how much progress he has made.