A number of Celtic fans have been praising Hoops academy graduate Stephen Welsh for his performance in yesterday’s derby defeat at Parkhead.
Neil Lennon’s charges, who have a game in hand on Rangers, were hoping to leapfrog Steven Gerrard’s side at the top of the Premiership table.
However, Celtic were comprehensively outplayed as the Ibrox side recorded a 2-0 win, defender Connor Goldson scoring a brace.
The Bhoys were missing several players including Odsonne Edouard, Ryan Christie, Christopher Jullien, Hatem Elhamed and Nir Bitton.
Given Celtic’s issues in defence, Welsh was drafted in by Lennon for the biggest game of his career so far.
While many Hoops players flattered to deceive against their rivals, the 20-year-old did well, winning numerous headers in the first half and looking like he was an established member of the XI.
Here is what some Celtic fans on social media said about Welsh:
There wasn’t a player more gutted at full time than Stephen Welsh but he’s one of the few #Celtic players who can hold their head up high after today’s result.
Thrown in at the deep end and didn’t look out of place. Only his second game for the club 👏👏👏 pic.twitter.com/eROQtWUZMe
— Chris Doyle (@bychrisdoyle) October 17, 2020
Kid done himself no harm at all. Chin up. Him and Laxalt the only ones to earn a wage today.
— David O’Reilly (@DavidOReilly3) October 17, 2020
Only player who got pass marks the rest of the team were woeful
— Paradise (@67HolyGrd) October 17, 2020
I thought the boy was excellent. Second half he emptied and tried to win a ball that wasn’t on, but he was ultimately taking responsibility and trying to tidy up an Ajer mistake. Boy should be happy with how he played imo. It was his partners where questions need to be asked
— RyanKeeney (@theryankeeney) October 17, 2020
I thought he was good and I also think Laxalt put in a good shift and seemed to be the only player trying to get it in the box and take on their players. Two silver linings in a massive storm cloud.
— Daz Furey (@DazFurey) October 17, 2020
One of the very few with passmarks.
Bright future, chin up the Celts will bounce back after we address some serious issues.
— Alan 🍀 (@bhoy_al) October 18, 2020
Only positive of today was how well he coped
— marc cairney (@CairneyMarc) October 17, 2020
Welsh has only played two senior games for Celtic – yesterday’s match and the win over Hamilton in February – but he’s bound to give Lennon a lot of food for thought going forward.
The youngster only penned a new three-year contract a few months ago, so there could be plenty more to come from him in the coming months.