By Frank McAvennie

13th Jun, 2021 | 9:00am

McAvennie tells Welsh 'he's in trouble' at Celtic and needs to shut up for his own good

Frank McAvennie has slammed Stephen Welsh after he spoke out about Kristoffer Ajer’s Celtic future. 

The Hoops icon, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, told the youngster to focus on himself ahead of a big pre-season.

Ajer recently spoke to Norwegian outlet VG about his future and revealed, “something will happen this summer”.

Following this, Welsh, 21, is quoted by The Daily Mail as saying, “I thought we fitted in well” as a partnership.

He also insisted Celtic “will find a way” to replace Ajer if he does leave.

On May 22, the Daily Mail claimed Newcastle United are considering an £8million move for the defender, while Sky Sports report he is in talks to join Bayer Leverkusen.

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McAvennie criticised Welsh’s comments and told him to focus on his own game as his position at Celtic is not secure.

“Look at some of the stuff in the papers,” McAvennie told Football Insider correspondent Ben Wild.

“Some of those players, honestly, just don’t say anything. The boy Welsh saying ‘I prefer playing with Ajer’. 

“You’re going to get yourself in trouble for saying things like that. Ajer wants to leave and he will. 

“He’s in trouble. Just let him go and look after yourself. He’s [Welsh] only been in the team for five minutes.

“He has a lot more problems than Ajer. He needs to focus on just keeping his place under Postecoglou.”

Celtic finally confirmed the appointment of Ange Postecoglou last week after an extensive hunt.

After a period of isolation, he will be ready to oversee the Hoops’ Wales training camp in July.

In other news, Celtic “already have a striker lined up” to replace exit-bound Edouard