Celtic hero relishing test against teammate on international duty today; how to watch

By Lewis Laird

June 10, 2022

Celtic defender Stephen Welsh is relishing the opportunity to face fellow Hoops teammate Matt O’Riley on the international stage later this afternoon.

After finishing off the season with the Bhoys, the 21-year-old headed straight on international duty with the Scotland under-21s squad.

Scot Gemmill’s side round off their disappointing qualification campaign for the tournament in 2023 when they take on Denmark.

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The Celtic youngster is expected to make his final appearance for his nation at youth level by captaining the side for the eighth fixture in a row.

There will also be a familiar face for Welsh on the opposition as they take on Denmark at the Vejle Stadium, with Celtic midfielder Matt O’Riley likely to make his second start at U21 level.

When asked about the potential stars in the Danish side, he said [BBC Sport Scotland]: “Well I actually play with one of them.

“Matt O’Riley, he’s part of the Denmark squad. So, I’ll be looking forward to coming up against him.

“Matty’s a great player, he’s been excellent for Celtic this season and I’m looking forward to coming up against him.”

Celtic duo set to face off; how supporters can tune in

With Scotland already eliminated from qualification and Denmark having secured second place in the group, there won’t be too much to play for between the two sides.

However, O’Riley and his nation will still be looking to finish the qualifying process as one of the best runners-up, which could grant them easier direct entry instead of going through play-offs. [UEFA]

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There will also be some interest for Celtic supporters, who will be looking to watch two of the club’s young talents battle against each other.

Earlier this week, the BBC Scotland channel confirmed that they would be showing Scotland’s final game of the group stage, which kicks off at 5pm later today.

Hopefully, both players are able to put in a strong performance and boost their confidence ahead of pre-season.

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