Celtic conceded a late equaliser at Parkhead on Monday evening as Kevin Nisbet fired home to cancel out a David Turnbull free-kick – and supporters have praised defender Stephen Welsh for his performance, despite the draw.
Following a positive test returned by Christopher Jullien, Celtic were forced to field a much-changed side given that 14 were forced to self-isolate. Neil Lennon and assistant manager John Kennedy too, with Gavin Strachan in charge.
Rookies Welsh, Conor Hazard and Cameron Palmer all started while Mikey Johnstone lined-up up front. Karamoko Dembele, Ewan Henderson and Armstrong Okoflex all came off the bench as the Hoops managed to win 1-0.
A late free-kick conceded by Stephen McGinn saw the in-form David Turnbull curl a stunning effort into the top corner – only for Nisbet to score in injury time, cancelling out Celtic’s only goal. The match ended 1-1.
Welsh was solid throughout. The 20-year-old was handed just his sixth Celtic appearance of his career alongside the struggling Shane Duffy but impressed during the clash – despite being criticised following a poor Old Firm result.
Although Celtic failed to hold onto the win – a result which sees Rangers only strengthen their lead – many praised young defender Welsh for his efforts. One fan said he had been “outstanding”.
Stephen Welsh looks to be a good prospect. He probably deserves a run in the team the way our defence has performed this season.
— KennyNumber4 (@KennyNineInARow) January 11, 2021
— Kevin McInrue (@KevinMcInrue) January 11, 2021
That welsh Scottish boy has been outstanding.
— Wizardofbaws🍀 (@delbhoyy007) January 11, 2021
So far Welsh and Duffy have been great.
— Jamie (@Jamie8419) January 11, 2021
Welsh deserves a run in the team 💪
— A.B (@andyblack1888) January 11, 2021
How good has the boy Welsh been them night 👏👏
— Simba (@Darrensimpson91) January 11, 2021
Btw, Welsh has had a solid game, along side big Heider 👍🏻 both done good lads
— Graeme Conway (@bigG1888) January 11, 2021