Report: How Celtic star Stephen Welsh is feeling after Shaun Rooney incident

By David Walton

November 23, 2021

Celtic defender Stephen Welsh didn’t suffer a concussion against St Johnstone and could be fit to face Bayer Leverkusen, according to the Daily Record.

Welsh had to come off against the Saints on Saturday after receiving a nasty elbow from Shaun Rooney. It was a challenge that enraged the Celtic support, yet the St Johnstone full-back incredibly got away with it.

Updates on the Scotland U21 international have been quiet since the Premier Sports Cup win at the weekend. Many will believe that in itself is a positive sign as there must have been no news for Ange Postecoglou to give.

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And the Record is now reporting that he’s understood to have gotten through the incident well enough and could play as recently as Thursday night against Leverkusen.

Welsh has played in Celtic’s last 3 matches against Ferencvaros, Dundee, and St Johnstone respectively. Forming a solid partnership alongside Cameron Carter-Vickers, the youngster has been showing what he’s all about once more.

Hopefully, he can get himself back in the side for Thursday night given the importance of the game to our European ambitions.

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Welsh looks to be in a promising place with regards to Thursday night. The worry was that after having to come off he was left feeling some nasty effects of the challenge. And we use that term loosely.

He’s certainly going to be needed if we’re to see it through in Germany. The thought of playing Nir Bitton at centre-back in a game of this magnitude is enough to make you think twice about even tuning in.

We need 2 natural defenders playing at the heart of their defence. They’re going to have to show all of their defensive instinct to keep Leverkusen out. Celtic can’t carry passengers, and that’s unfortunately what Bitton often is when he isn’t playing in his natural midfield role.

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So this is promising news from a Celtic perspective. We certainly need as many bodies fit as we can get for the assault of Leverkusen. Nothing less than a point will be a good result given it’s what’s needed to stay in contention for last-32 qualification.

Hopefully, Ange Postecoglou will be able to provide a definitive update on the player when he takes to his pre-match media duties tomorrow. If Welsh is indeed fit, it’s a massive concern wiped away for the Celtic supporters.

Fingers crossed all goes to plan.

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