Date: 18th October 2020 at 1:07pm
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Silver linings, consolations and crumbs of comfort were in short supply for Celtic fans but there was one.

In just his second top team appearance Stephen Welsh turned in a good steady performance while all around him his more experienced team-mates fell to pieces.

True, Kris Ajer did bail him out one when Ryan Kent got in behind but over the piece Welsh looked like he understands the game, positions himself well and can do the job without supervision.

Coming from Coatbridge he knew the magnitude of the match and the occasion as the images below demonstrate.

The most concerning aspect from the Derby defeat wasn’t the result or the performance but the lack of spirit shown on the park and in the dug-out. No one seemed that bothered that the match was slipping away with Welsh an exception to that criticism.

Celtic’s next run of fixtures is very demanding, among cup commitments there are league matches at Aberdeen, Motherwell and Hibs to navigate.

With the transfer window closed it might be the introduction of Welsh gives the team the sort of lift that Jeremie Frimpong provided a year ago.