STEPHEN WELSH, Celtic’s back-up central defender, limped out of Scotland Under-21s’ 2-2 draw with Kazakhstan in Almaty today.

And the Hoops star is now struggling to be fit to take his place in Ange Postecoglou’s squad for the crucial Premiership encounter at Ibrox on Sunday.

Welsh hobbled off with a groin strain and was replaced by Liverpool’s Tom Clayton who doubled the young Scots’ advantage after Dundee United’s Ross Graham had opened the scoring.

ON THE BALL…Stephen Welsh is in an fitness race to be fit for Ibrox on Sunday.

A late goal gave the hosts a point after Welsh had played his partin the opening goal in the 25th minute when his header from a Calvin Ramsay corner-kick was fumbled by the keeper and Graham appilied the finishing touch.

The Celt came close again with a powerful header from another set-play, but was denied by a flying save from Temirlan Anarbekov.

However, it was game over for Welsh when he was injured stretching for the ball five minutes after the interval, an injury which could keep him on the sidelines for the match against Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s outfit at the weekend.


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