“I think he’s going to be a fringe player” – Former Celt says weekend star will drop out of first team
I love it when players step up to prove us all wrong.
Look at last season. We witnessed Greg Taylor and Anthony Ralston flourish under Ange Postecoglou and his new system and early indications are we are about to witness the same transformation with Stephen Welsh.
The Scottish international has impressed during pre season and against Aberdeen on Sunday, he capped off a strong performance with the opening goal against the Dons.
But will that be enough to secure his place in the team? Frank McAvennie doesn’t seem to think so.
Speaking to Football Insider, McAvennie said, “I don’t think so.
“The other boy that they’ve signed is a centre-half as well so I don’t know why he wasn’t playing.
“I’ve always said Stephen Welsh is one of the players that’s going to be on the fringe. I think he’s going to be a fringe player.
“He’s one of those players that the manager can trust when he brings him in. But if Starfelt or Jenz is fit, Stephen will be on the bench.
“The boy’s not done any harm but they’ve just spent a lot of money on a defender so they’re not going to leave him out. If he’s fit he’ll play or Starfelt will play.
“Welsh will be told that he’ll get game time but he won’t get as much as he wants.“
This is one of these times where I am going to scare myself and agree with McAvennie.
That’s not to say Welsh doesn’t have a future at the club because he clearly does. Maybe he will just have to bide his time to cement his place at the heart of the Celtic defence.
Especially after the season that Starfelt and CCV had last season.
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