Frank McAvennie is over the moon Celtic defender Stephen Welsh escaped a serious injury after initially thinking he was in trouble after being stretchered off against St Mirren.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the Bhoys legend heaped praise on the 21-year-old for his “brilliant” performances since the turn of the year.

Welsh was replaced by Shane Duffy after 68 minutes of Wednesday’s 4-0 win at St Mirren after he was caught on the ankle by Saints striker Jon Obika.

The centre-half suffered severe bruising on his foot, but has no fractures or ligament damage, despite initial fears.

He missed Sunday’s 2-1 win at St Johnstone but could return to training this week ahead of Scottish Premiership fixtures against Aberdeen and Ross County.

When asked by Football Insider for his assessment of the latest injury update on Welsh, McAvennie said: “Welsh has been brilliant of late.

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“I am relieved that it is not as bad as first feared.

“I didn’t think it looked that bad in real time but when you see it after in slow motion you think, ‘Wow. This could be bad’.

“But he is a young boy so he will recover quickly and hopefully he will not be out for too long.” 

Speaking on the centre-back’s injury last week, Neil Lennon said: “He has done very well. We have been very pleased with him and he is a good kid.

“Hopefully he won’t miss any games. If he does he will be back in the squad as soon as possible because he has earned it.”

In other news, Celtic have just agreed to let go of a player who is ‘player’ than Frimpong, according to Frank McAvennie.