Misfortune for Stephen Welsh as Celtic absence is explained by Ange Postecoglou

By John McGinley

August 6, 2022

Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou has confirmed that defender Stephen Welsh missed today’s match against Ross County due to illness.

Speaking to BBC Radio Scotland before the match, Postecoglou shared that Welsh “pulled up a bit ill” after yesterday’s training session at Lennoxtown.

It came after Welsh was a surprising omission from today’s teamsheet, not found in the starting eleven or in the list of substitutes.

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Welsh would have surely played a part had he been available, following on from a classy goalscoring performance on the opening day against Aberdeen last Sunday.

The Academy graduate looked comfortable in the Bhoys backline at Celtic Park, both with his base defensive duties and in distributing the ball and progressing the ball into midfield.

Missing out today is a blow for the player, given he has had limited opportunities to impress in Celtic colours throughout 2022. The Aberdeen game was only his fourth competitive start in this calendar year.

With Carl Starfelt still returning to full match fitness, this match would have been another chance to stake his claim for a regular defensive spot alongside stalwart Cameron Carter-Vickers.

Starfelt is on the bench today, and Jenz is looking pretty good so far against Ross County, at the time of publishing just before half-time. Welsh has a fight on his hands to earn minutes over the coming weeks and months.

Hopefully, he shakes off this current issue and gets back into training as soon as possible. He is clearly impressing the manager, who said he had taken his game to another level last week.

All the best, Stephen!

In other news, Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou dismisses Liel Abada concerns.