"Chasing his shadow"; Stephen Welsh's funny reaction to facing Celtic teammate on int'l duty

By Lewis Laird

June 10, 2022

Celtic defender Stephen Welsh has joked that he was left chasing Matt O’Riley’s shadow when the two faced off on international duty earlier today.

The Bhoys academy graduate captained the Scotland under-21 side, who rounded off their qualification campaign for the U21 European Championships in 2023.

Appearing for the Danish opposition was fellow Celtic teammate, Matt O’Riley, making his second consecutive start during this international window.

The defender took to social media a few hours after the game to joke that he was ‘chasing the shadow’ of O’Riley after Denmark U21 dominated proceedings during the 90 minutes.

O’Riley was replaced after 76 minutes but put in a good showing. Welsh played the entire game as Scotland held on for a 1-1 draw.

Somehow, the Danish side, who are still chasing qualification for the tournament next year, couldn’t break down the Scotland defence, who had taken the lead on the stroke of half-time through a free-kick.

Denmark managed to pull a goal back after O’Riley exited but couldn’t find that all-important winner.

Welsh has had a positive end to his Scotland youth career, having played his final game for Scot Gemmill’s side this afternoon.

It may not have been the best of qualifying campaigns for the Tartan Army, but they finished it off with two solid defensive performances, holding both Belgium and Denmark to a draw.

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Whilst Scotland’s campaign might have come to an end, O’Riley and Denmark still have one more fixture to play next week against Turkey.

The Celtic duo have had a strong international break and will be returning to pre-season at the beginning of July full of confidence, ready to go for the season ahead.

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