Welsh and Montgomery catch Celtic support's eye after Scotland U21 displays
It appears that the performances of Stephen Welsh and Adam Montgomery for Scotland U21s last night hasn’t escaped the watchful eye of the Celtic support.
Welsh captained the young Scots to a gutsy 1-1 draw in Turkey in their opening Euro qualifier. Montgomery, meanwhile, produced the goods with an assist for Glenn Middleton’s opener.
Both men were making their competitive debuts for the U21s on the night. Welsh, however, had played two friendly games against Northern Ireland earlier this season.
The Celtic pair have been utilised regularly by Ange Postecoglou in the early stages of the season. Welsh has shown his leadership qualities alongside Carl Starfelt this term, and that was noticed by Scotland U21 boss Scott Gemmill.
And even though the youngsters couldn’t hold on to a massive win in front of the hostile Turkish atmosphere, they performed admirably to keep the opposition out and get what could be a massive point for the country.
Welsh and Montgomery now strutting their stuff on Scotland duty
Some may even argue that Welsh should be in the senior squad with Steve Clarke’s centre-back contingent. The likely route forward for both, however, is sustained game-time with the U21s during the current campaign.
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And they’ll be hoping they continue to bag regular minutes under Postecoglou too. After all, that’s the only way they’ll continue to keep their places in Gemmill’s squad.
Last night was a huge morale-booster for both men however. Overshadowed by Scotland’s 1-0 win in Austria last night, both Celtic youngsters will be absolutely delighted with themselves.
Hopefully, this leads to a good response from both when they return to Lennoxtown this week. With a seven-game stretch between now and the next international break in October, we need as many players coming back feeling good about themselves as possible.
And fans were itching to talk up the Lennoxtown academy graduates after they put in big displays for their country: