Confirmed: Scotland U21 Euro qualifier live on BBC; Celtic duo involved
Celtic supporters will have the chance to watch exciting young duo Stephen Welsh and Adam Montgomery in Scotland under-21 action for free tomorrow.
The pair are involved in Scott Gemmill’s side for their opening Euro qualifier against Turkey in Bursa tomorrow night. The game will kickoff at 17:30 Celtic Park Time, and will be shown live for free on BBC Scotland and on the BBC Sports Website.
The European Championships, which will be held in Romania and Georgia in 2023, will be qualified for by all nine group stage winners and the best runners-up. The remaining eight second-placed sides will then go into a playoff.
Scotland have been drawn in Group I along with Belgium, Denmark, Kazakhstan, and Turkey respectively. The Belgians currently sit top having played two games and won them both. Only Scotland and Denmark have yet to play a single fixture.
Young Celtic left-back Montgomery has been called up to the under-21 squad for the first time. He’ll battle with Hibernian’s Josh Doig for the left-back spot. Stephen Welsh, meanwhile, has been capped twice at under-21 level, but never in a competitive game.
Young Celtic pair looking to make Scotland under-21 impact
It’s a big international camp for both Celtic youngsters. Welsh could even be in line to be the captain. The Sunday Post stated a couple of weeks ago that the Celtic centre-back was in line to replace Ross McCrorie as the new on-field leader [print edition, 22/08, page 10].
Even if that doesn’t happen, it’s a massive occasion for him. It represents his first ever Euro campaign with the under-21s having been capped all the way up the previous youth levels.
He looks a cert to start after impressing in his two previous friendly outings against Northern Ireland. Welsh has continued to shine under Ange Postecoglou in the Celtic first-team too, showing leadership qualities in abundance since the departure of Kristoffer Ajer.
As for Montgomery, his chances of starting tomorrow night may not be as high. However, it’s a massive feather in his cap that Gemmill has decided to call him up despite only having a handful of Parkhead appearances to his name.
Training with the Celtic first-team squad on a daily basis should ensure he isn’t out of place. Not to mention he already has experience of European football too after facing AZ Alkmaar in our Europa League playoff clash.
Tomorrow’s match in Turkey is a big one for the young Scots. And given the personnel involved, it gives Celtic supporters a real interest to see how their starlets cope against similarly talented youngsters around Europe.