Celtic Stars go head to head as Scotland U21s take on Denmark

This evening two Celtic teammates will go head-to-head for their countries. Stephen Welsh and Matt O’Riley will find themselves on opposing sides of the pitch in what will surely be a first for them outside of training at Lennoxtown.

Centre-back Welsh enjoyed a breakthrough season in 2020-21 and was the only shining light from an otherwise forgettable campaign during our Ten-in-a-row season. The youngster went from strength to strength in the Celtic shirt and has been dreadfully unlucky not to see more minutes this past season.

Stephen Welsh Photo Steve Welsh

However, he should not despair as he is highly regarded by manager Ange Postecoglou. The Greek-Aussie put the blockers on a potential move to the glamour of Serie A with our former European counterparts Udinese. With plenty of football ahead in the coming season and the need for centre-halves on the agenda this summer, Welsh will be able to play his part.

Likewise, Matt O’Riley will see more than his fair share of game time, having been seen as the natural successor to the imperious Tom Rogic. The Aussie leaves a big gap in the Celtic team which will be a challenge for Matt to try and rectify with his guile and craft. His arrival from MK Dons in January has been a revelation in the midfield alongside Callum McGregor and Reo Hatate.

Matt O’Riley of Celtic is congratulated by teammates Anthony Ralston and Liel Abada after scoring their team’s third goal during the Cinch Scottish Premiership match between Celtic and Heart of Midlothian at Celtic Park on May 07, 2022 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Now the two young Celtic players will be able to test themselves against one another in a competitive match for their respective nations’. Stephen will have the honour and responsibility of captaining Scott Gemmill’s side tonight in Denmark, whilst Matt will line up alongside the promising Danes team – which includes former Bhoys target Mohamed Daramy.

Here are the line-ups for tonight:

Paul Gillespie

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I'm a Garngad Bhoy through and through. My first ever Celtic game was a friendly against Italian side Parma at Celtic Park, in 2002. Currently a student of English Literature and Education at the University of Strathclyde for my sins. Favourite game would be a toss up between beating Manchester United with that Naka freekick, or the game against the Oldco when Hesselink scored in the dying seconds. I'm still convinced Cal Mac is wasted playing that far back.

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