Confirmed: Highly-rated Celtic youngster Stephen Welsh nominated for YPOTY award

By David Walton

April 26, 2022

Celtic centre-back Stephen Welsh has been named as one of 5 nominees for the Scottish Football Writers’ Association Young Player of the Year award.

Welsh will be up against Josh Doig, Calvin Ramsay, Nathan Patterson, and Ross Graham respectively.

The Hoops defender has been in and out of the team this season, but has still managed to contribute on 23 occasions this term [Transfermarkt].

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The centre-back’s form attracted the interest of Udinese in the January transfer window. However, Ange Postecoglou rated the player far too highly to let him depart [The National].

Welsh also signed a new 4-year deal with the club earlier this year, outlining the manager’s commitment in developing him further.

The partnership of Cameron Carter-Vickers and Carl Starfelt, however, has been difficult to penetrate.

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Celtic’s Stephen Welsh gets his name on the YPOTY nomination list

Credit to Welsh for being nominated for the award. Whether he actually wins it remains to be seen. But he has every right to be in there – especially if the barely seen Nathan Patterson is one of the options.

The winner of the award is to be named in the coming days. Last year, it was Hibernian’s Josh Doig that took it, and the Easter Road youngster will be aiming for a repeat.

Welsh, of course, will only truly have his eyes on one thing – more minutes in the Celtic first-team. That and of course playing his role in helping us to secure the title.

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Next season is going to be a big one for the centre-back. You can’t see him being satisfied on the bench for the vast majority of another campaign. He needs to be playing regularly, and will still have big ambitions of doing that at Celtic.

For now, however, Ange doesn’t view Stephen as a first-choice. Whether that’s fair or not is up for debate, but it’s the reality of the situation. The manager will have some work to do at centre-back this summer, and that will give Welsh the perfect chance to slot back in.

But for now, a massive congratulations to him for making the YPOTY shortlist.

In other news, Ange picks out the underrated area of Celtic team that’s been “excellent all year”