Postecoglou's training "exactly what you want", claims Celtic man Stephen Welsh

By Euan Davidson

July 3, 2021

Celtic man Stephen Welsh has joined the choir of praise for Ange Postecoglou’s training sessions.

The new boss has impressed everyone, players and fans alike, with his intensity and methods. At the end of June, we identified Stephen Welsh as a player who would particularly benefit. According to the player himself, that’s 100% the case. With improvement needed on the young centre-back’s decision making and quickness, it seems the high-intensity sessions would suit the young Scotsman.

And Welsh, as it turns out, can’t offer enough praise for how pre-season has gone thus far. Speaking to Celtic TV, the 2020 breakthrough star couldn’t hide his delight about working under Postecoglou. Tellingly, he also compared the sessions to working under Neil Lennon. While no direct jabs were made, there was a particularly interesting choice of words.

Welsh said [Celtic FC]:

“It’s been brilliant. Really positive. Sessions have been high-standard, very sharp, all football-based. It’s exactly what you want as a player.

“They’re all short and sharp [sessions]. You’re not stopping, you’re not hanging about. You’re doing one thing, straight into the next thing.

“The intensity is really good, the boys are working really hard trying to prove themselves as well. It’s been a good start to the pre-season.”

“No hanging about”; Celtic man Welsh and his delight with Postecoglou sessions also hints at pace of training under Lennon

We always qualify these kinds of pieces by saying “well, the players are hardly going to say it’s been rubbish”. But it doesn’t take a psychologist to be able to read a player’s intentions. Welsh isn’t going after his former manager, but the difference in tone when he talks about the new boss speaks for itself.

Stephen Welsh has bossed it for Celtic in the past / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

It points at a slightly alarming culture under Neil Lennon. What Welsh implied when he said there was “no hanging about” is, of course, known only to him and his teammates. But so far, the Celtic squad seem to be utterly embracing the no-holds-barred, constant movement in Postecoglou’s sessions.

That bodes extremely well, and will put our league competitors on notice for the 21-22 season. Too often, we dropped points through lack of energy and invention. 11 draws in 20-21 makes that point abundantly clear.

Again, if Stephen Welsh had deficiencies in his game, then short, intensive training sessions were the perfect remedy. With a robust set of pre-season fixtures ahead, we’ll be able to see if he’s made improvements to his game already. You wouldn’t bet against him.

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