“We want to rectify that,” Stephen Welsh on Celtic’s Real Betis Target

“It will be a tough game, Real Betis are a good team and we went over there earlier in the season and played really well but didn’t get the result, so we want to rectify that,” Stephen Welsh

Stephen Welsh yesterday stated that  Kyogo Furuhashi is the player leading the way in Celtic’s high-intensity style of football under Ange Postecoglou.

“The intensity and high-speed running has definitely improved this season, that has helped us a lot. Our counter-attacks as well, when we win the ball back, it is very fast.

“The way that we play, everyone can see it is high intensity, the pressing the forward players do, especially Kyogo, his pressing is probably the best I’ve seen from a striker. I think you can see that.

 Stephen Welsh of Celtic battles for possession with Josh Ginnelly of Heart of Midlothian during the Cinch Scottish Premiership match between Celtic FC and Heart of Midlothian at on December 02, 2021 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

“The press will obviously start from the striker, whatever Kyogo does the team will follow behind, I think that is very important for the way that we try to play. He has been a massive part not just in attacking but defensively as well.

“We just need to continue to do that, keep playing the same way and trust what we are doing and each other.”

With Ange Postecoglou looking to give game-time to some of the squad this evening who have lacked minutes on the park up until now, it’s a chance for these players on the fringes of the starting eleven to make their own impact. “Especially the day after the game when the starting XI are on recovery, the boys that haven’t played, the intensity of the training is incredible.

 Stephen Welsh of Celtic applauds the fans during the Cinch Scottish Premiership match between Celtic FC and Heart of Midlothian at on December 02, 2021 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

“The boys try to fight for positions, try to get in the team, that’s what makes a good squad. When the boys that aren’t playing, when the training level is so high, it makes it a lot easier for everyone. Players can come in and out and it doesn’t make a big difference going into the game,” Welsh said.

The Celtic manager Ange confirmed at his own media conference yesterday that he would be looking at giving much needed game-time to numerous players in the wider squad this evening.

“We’re in the middle of really busy period and we’ve still got eight games between now and the break, so it makes sense for us tomorrow night to give some people a bit of a rest, as they’ve been playing a fair bit of football,” Ange said.

Photo: Andrew Milligan

“And also to give some others some game-time because we’re definitely going to need them. You saw at the weekend how guys like Greg Taylor came back into the team and Mikey Johnston came back in.

“It’s really important that whenever we need to make changes, that somehow we get some players some game-time, and tomorrow night is a great opportunity to do that.

“To give some game-time to some players who haven’t had a lot lately, so that should they be needed going forward or if they get an opportunity, they’ve played some football against obviously a quality opponent, which will be a good test for us tomorrow night.”

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