Ex-manager tips Celtic starlet who 'disappeared' for bounce back after Starfelt update
Alex McLeish has backed Stephen Welsh to bounce back in Carl Starfelt’s absence after “disappearing” at Celtic.
The former Scotland manager, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted the 21-year-old has a chance to prove his worth to Ange Postecoglou.
Welsh made his first appearance in 11 games in Thursday’s 3-2 win over Ferencvaros.
He was handed a starting role thanks to Starfelt’s absence through injury.
Postecoglou confirmed the Sweden international is out until after the international break.
Welsh himself limped off against Ferencvaros but the Australian manager revealed he did not think it serious.
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McLeish suggested Welsh could kick on and impress with Starfelt out.
McLeish told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “Obviously Postecoglou sees him closer than we do. That’s why he’s played Starfelt.
“We always give young ones a chance. No one really judges them in the beginning. They’ll say: ‘It’s great we’ve got a young boy coming through the academy.’
“Stephen was getting some good praise in his early debut games. Then he’s kind of disappeared. I found that with young guys quite a lot. They come in, they play with adrenaline, it’s just pure adrenaline.
“They normally impress people but still have a long journey to go. Sometimes they plateau and maybe he plateaued when Postecoglou brought Starfelt in.
“Bringing him in, it’s another impetus for him to say I’m the man.”
Celtic face an away trip to Dundee before the international break.
Welsh has played 11 times for the Hoops across all competitions for the Bhoys this season.