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.

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“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.”

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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.”

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