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‘The boy was excellent’: Some Celtic fans hail ‘only positive’ from yesterday’s defeat

Celtic v Rangers - Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership
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‘The boy was excellent’: Some Celtic fans hail ‘only positive’ from yesterday’s defeat

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.

Celtic v Rangers - Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership

(Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

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:

 

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.

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