Four tackles, 11 clearances: Celtic star sends reminder to Postecoglou with display against Leverkusen
It was a brave performance from Celtic in Germany as Ange Postecoglou’s side went close to an upset – and Stephen Welsh deserves huge praise.
Eventually, Celtic lost 3-2 despite going into the last 10 minutes with a 2-1 lead. Robert Andrich opened the scoring, only for Celtic to come back.
Josip Juranovic held his nerve to score a penalty, before Jota finished superbly on the left flank to put Celtic into a 2-1 lead in Germany.
But ultimately, Leverkusen’s huge pressure came through. Joe Hart produced a number of wonderful saves between the sticks.
However, it was not enough. Andrich got a second, flashing an effort through Hart’s legs. Moussa Diaby got a winner on 87 minutes.
But it was a good display from Celtic who held their own – albeit being knocked out and going into the Conference League. Welsh was superb.
Welsh stats: Celtic defender has a reminder for Postecoglou
With Carl Starfelt and Christopher Jullien on the sidelines, Postecoglou started Welsh alongside USA international Cameron Carter-Vickers.
The Tottenham loanee has been excellent for Celtic and is probably first choice at the moment. Welsh showcased why he should partner him.
Although Celtic conceded three times, the Celtic academy product worked incredibly hard and put his body on the line time, after time.
WhoScored say he clocked four tackles, joint first with Nir Bitton and produced a whopping 11 clearances. He completed 52 of his 58 passes.
A wonderful display, Welsh will have given Postecoglou a reminder ahead of Jullien and Starfelt returning from injury.
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