Frank McAvennie is adamant Celtic need experience across their backline this season after Stephen Welsh was handed a rare start against Rangers.

The Parkhead legend, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, said that while the 20-year-old has never let Neil Lennon down he is “not what Celtic need” on their quest to win a 10th consecutive title.

Welsh made his first appearance of the 2020/21 campaign in the 2-0 loss to Rangers on Saturday, only his second ever in a Hoops shirt.

The centre-half started in the absence of the injured Christopher Jullien, while Nir Bitton and Hatem Abd Elhamed missed the Old Firm clash after testing positive for Covid-19.

This site revealed yesterday that the Scottish Premiership champions are working on a cut-price deal for Preston defender Ben Davies ahead of the January window.

When asked by Football Insider if another centre-half is needed at Paradise, McAvennie said: “I am not sure if we need to sign another centre-half in January, it depends.

Subscribe to Football Insider TV now

“Welsh is a good boy and as Lenny said, he has never let him down but unfortunately that is not what we need this season. It is not a slight on the boy Welsh, he just does not have the experience. We need experience this season.

“When Jullien is fit he would be part of my three and then Elhamed and Bitton are also options when they return.

“They are the players that Celtic need because they have been there, seen in, done it.

“I rate Welsh but we need experience in there when we are going for 10.”

In other Celtic news, McAvennie slams first team stars for their handling of barely-seen teammate v Rangers.