"Gutted"; Stephen Welsh injury sees Celtic fans unite in concern
Last night’s injury to Stephen Welsh has seen the Celtic supporters unite in concern.
It was the only real downside to the Hoops’ 4-0 romp at St Mirren. Everything else went perfectly, but for Welsh’s 68th-minute ankle knock.
It looked like a nasty challenge from St Mirren’s Jonathan Obika. There’s plenty of debate over whether a yellow or red card was the right punishment. Indeed, the striker landed the top of his foot right on Welsh’s ankle, and it distorted in an uncomfortable manner. You can see the incident for yourself below:
Many may feel a yellow was the correct punishment. Especially considering the bottom half of Obika’s book remains on the surface. It wasn’t a stamp by any means, but whether it was dangerous is another matter.
Regardless, we’re not in the business of getting people sent off. There didn’t look to be a great deal of intent, so there will hardly be an outcry if it isn’t pulled up.
Stephen Welsh injury a nasty blow for Celtic
But it couldn’t have come at a worse time. Just when it looked as though the young Lennoxtown graduate was set to break into the first-team consistently.
Fortunately, Neil Lennon has provided Celtic fans with a promise to put Welsh back into the squad when fit [Daily Record]. That’s a massive boost for the supporters and indeed the player himself.
However, a timeline for his knock hasn’t yet been revealed. It’s clear there will need to be some follow-up tests before a definitive date can be put on his return to action. All we can do in the meantime is hope that it isn’t as serious as it first looked.
In terms of Welsh’s performance last night, it was solid enough. He was developing that partnership with Kristoffer Ajer extremely well, and he was winning plenty of aerial duels whilst keeping a lid on Obika’s threat.
If we’re being overly-critical, he did allow some slack passes to go straight to the opposition. But it’s times like these in which we must stick by the young players like Welsh. We have to realise they aren’t the finished article and mistakes will indeed be made.
For now, of course, all focus will go on his recovery. And the impact of his loss was clear to see from the Celtic fans’ reaction to the incident:
Gutted for him Kieran, really liked the way he was developing.
— Joe O'Brien (@PRJoeOB) February 11, 2021
That looked a sore one for Stephen Welsh. Hope he’s not out too long 🤞🏼🍀
— Bobby Bhoy (@BhoyBobby) February 10, 2021
Horrible to see that on Stephen Welsh, top young player just breaking into the team.
— Jo Hendry (@_jo_hendry) February 10, 2021
A good win in the end but not the greatest of games to watch
Just take three points at this stage, try and shorten any gap. Gutted for Stephen Welsh tho, fingers crossed the injury doesn’t keep him out for too long
— Lewis 🍋 (@LewisLaird01) February 10, 2021
Good win for Celtic, Great Performance, Faultless, All we can do is keep winning and keep picking up points
Hope Stephen Welsh is ok, He's been great for us and losing him is a bit of a blow if it's short or long term
Hail Hail 🇮🇪🍀🍀🇮🇪
— McCrory จิมมี่ (@JimmyBhoy22) February 10, 2021
Only negative was injury to young Welsh, let’s hope it’s not serious…. #celtic
— Ruairí 🇵🇸 (@paulicelt1) February 10, 2021
We can't catch a break, can we? Just when Welsh was starting to get some games and looking good, he gets injured.
— The Celtic Bhoys (@CelticBhoysFS) February 10, 2021
— Logan 💻 (@LGOPLOGAN) February 10, 2021
Horrible challenge on Steven Welsh. Feel heartbroken for him.
And……Shane Duffy is on 😮
— Tom Doherty (@funnyhandshake) February 10, 2021
Hope Welsh just has bruising. The boy has brought a solidity with Ajer that we haven’t seen all season. Him and Kenny have definitely changed the balance in there. Don’t hide behind the couch every time the opposition attack now.
— Gaelic_bhoy (@bhoy_1) February 10, 2021