Celtic may send Stephen Welsh out on loan this month – and it would be a good experience for the defender, according to Frank McAvennie.

The Parkhead legend, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, urged the 21-year-old to follow in the footsteps of Jack Hendry who is “doing very well” out on loan at Belgian side KV Oostende.

Welsh was named on the bench for the second game running as the Hoops extended their winless run to four games with a 2-2 draw at Livingston.

The centre-half may be aggrieved to have no featured at all in Celtic’s last two games having impressed in the 1-1 draw with Hibernian last week.

McAvennie is adamant that Welsh, who has made five appearances for Neil Lennon’s side this season, is ready to play regular first team football.

“He is good enough and quick enough for Celtic but I just do not think he is strong enough yet,” he told Football Insider.

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“To come up against seasoned pros and big boys in Livingston, I understand why Lenny didn’t start him.

“I would send him out on loan, the boy has got to play games. 

“The boy Jack Hendry has bulked up while on loan in Belgium. I’ve heard he has put a few pounds on and is doing very well over there.

“So maybe a similar move could be on the cards for Welsh. It would be good for him to go out and get experience.”

In other news, Celtic have made an approach to sign a midfielder with 263 Premier League appearances to his name.