Stephen Welsh spoke of his excitement at the appointment of Ange Postecoglou as the new manager of Celtic. The 21-year-old became a mainstay in the Celtic defence last season and he is hoping that he can impress Postecoglou and is looking forward to working under the 55-year-old Australian.
Speaking to the club website, Welsh said that the reputation Postecoglou for good football that the ex-Socceroos boss brings is exciting for the club and that the pre-season will be an important period for the boss bedding in his ideas with the squad.
“We’re all excited to see what the new manager brings. He’s obviously very experienced and he took Australia to the World Cup, so it’s a good resume that he’s got.
‘We’re thinking positively and hopefully he’ll bring good things to the team, to the club and helps the players improve, as well as bringing in new players to help the squad even more.’
“Pre-season will give him time to implement his style and get to know all the players, so it’ll be good for all of us.
“I got a good run of games in the team from February until the end of the season, so hopefully I can take that into pre-season, have a pre-season and then kick on for the start of the qualifiers and the start of the new league season, and I’m sure I speak for all the boys when I say that we’re absolutely buzzing to have the fans back in the stadium as quickly as possible. We need to look forward and be positive about the new season.”
Welsh first made his debut last season in a win over Hamilton but backed up an impressive debut with solid displays this season, where defensive stability was thin on the ground. Welsh will be hoping to kick on under a new boss, proving that Lennon was right to introduce him into the starting XI. Hopefully, he will be able to kick on under a new manager but he will likely face new recruits coming to the club.