Celtic have not enjoyed the best of luck this season, both on and off the pitch. And while that is not the only reason for their failed campaign to secure 10IAR, it is still one of the biggest reasons behind it.
It does look like the club are starting to find some form though. They have managed to string together three wins in the month of February. Although that is nothing rare for the Hoops, who are used to winning most of their games, this season has been very different and three wins on the trot is a comparative achievement considering how things have been over the last few months.
One of the players who has impressed over these last few wins is Stephen Welsh. The academy graduate has finally been given a good run of games following the club’s struggles at the back through the course of the season. And he is proving that Neil Lennon should have picked him much earlier.
It had looked like this run might come to a pre-mature end though as he was stretchered off the pitch against St Mirren. But it looks like the injury is not nearly as bad as first feared.
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Celtic might have Welsh back in action as early as tomorrow
Now, while no timeline has been given for Welsh’s return to the squad, the club did post pictures of him training earlier today with the team on their official Twitter, which does suggest that he might be ready to feature tomorrow. If not, then at least the injury is not going keep him out for long and he should be available for selection soon.
That is a massive boost for the club. Without Welsh, they would have no other option but to start Shane Duffy. And we all know how badly his loan spell has failed at Parkhead since joining from Brighton and Hove Albion in the summer.
While it will be best for everyone involved if Duffy finds his form, at this stage, it does not look like that will happen as the Republic of Ireland international has struggled for both form and confidence for months now. Thus, sticking with Welsh seems to be the best option going forward.