Frank McAvennie has claimed Stephen Welsh needs a “dominant player” beside him if he is to succeed at Celtic.
The former Hoops and St Mirren striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, slammed John Kennedy’s assessment of the 21-year-old which is “annoying” for supporters.
As quoted by the Scottish Sun, Kennedy heaped praise on Welsh for his “quiet” performance in last Sunday’s 1-1 draw against Rangers.
The centre-half has made 14 appearances this season and has started eight the Bhoys’ last nine Scottish Premiership fixtures.
McAvennie believes Welsh needs a more dominant player beside him than Kristoffer Ajer moving forward.
“John Kennedy said the boy Welsh strolled through the game,” he told Football Insider.
“I do not want my centre-half to stroll through the game, I want my centre-half to stop goals going in from marking at set pieces and winning headers. That never happened.
“Kennedy talks about his distribution but I want my centre-halves to defend first. It is little things like that which are annoying Celtic supporters because they are watching this defence every week.
“Every time there is a corner or set-piece I am holding my breath.
“He is only a young boy though, he has only just turned 21.
“I think he will be a top centre-half. He is not as big as I would like so I think he needs a dominant player beside him. Ajer is not a dominant player.”
Speaking on Welsh last week, Kennedy said: “Stephen Welsh had a quiet game on Sunday, that’s a great thing for a centre-back. If you’re quiet then it means you are not making any mistakes.
“He’s also improved his distribution massively. His performances are getting better and better all the time.”