“He worked so hard to get into the first team at Celtic and look where it’s taken him.

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“It’s inspirational and it’s all down to that work rate. He’s always had the ability but it’s his determination that’s taken him to this level.

“His performances for Scotland were great, especially against the Faroes. When he was in the wing back position, his crossing and passing was unbelievable. You really saw his quality.”

Welsh could soon be involved in a Scottish Cup derby, with Celtic having been drawn away against Rangers in the fourth round.