McAvennie: Welsh is 'not good enough' as Celtic told to take transfer action
Stephen Welsh is “not good enough” and Celtic “definitely need another centre-half” this summer.
That is according to ex-Hoops hitman Frank McAvennie, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the 21-year-old defender.
Welsh broke into the Hoops first-team and featured 21 times in all competitions in what was a dismal 2020-21 campaign for the club.
Towards the end of the season, he was regularly selected ahead of Nir Bitton and on-loan Shane Duffy in place of the injured Christopher Jullien.
But McAvennie has not been convinced by the academy product and claimed that the centre-back position is one of concern this summer.
“We definitely need another centre-half,” he told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams.
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“He’s a young boy who came in at the end of the season. He’s not good enough, he’s not ready yet.
“He’s only a young lad, he’s the smallest centre-half I’ve seen, and he’s come into a bad team. So you can’t lay any blame at his door for last season.
“It was a collective thing, it wasn’t just Edouard, Ajer or Welsh. It was a combination of things between the lot of them.
“Everyone took their eye off the ball. They thought they’d just turn up and win it, and that’s been the frustration for the fans.“
Welsh, who has been capped twice by Scotland at under-21 level, made his Celtic debut in February 2020.
He is accomplished as both a centre-back and as a right-back.