Celtic defender Stephen Welsh has signed a contract extension lasting until 2025.
In a difficult year defensively for the Bhoys, Welsh has slotted in to rave reviews, and his confidence is growing with every appearance. Thrown in at the deep end against Rangers early this season, the centre-back has gone from strength to strength. Filling in for Christopher Jullien, and the out-of-sorts Shane Duffy, Welsh has made 11 league appearances, scoring once [Transfermarkt].
The 21-year-old defender is a Celtic Academy graduate, and has added some decent European displays to his CV, as well as helping to improve Celtic’s defence. In the last five games, the Bhoys have conceded only once, in a draw with Rangers [WhoScored?].
In a statement on Celtic’s website, Welsh said:
“I’m delighted to get it done and I’m here for another four years which is the perfect scenario for me.
“I’ve been getting a consistent run of regular games since the Christmas period there. For me, it’s just about keeping that up, keep doing it, keep playing well until the end of the season.”
Great news for Celtic; Stephen Welsh has a lot of potential
While it hasn’t been the perfect introduction to the first-team for Welsh, he’s certainly learnt by doing. Alongside the similarly youthful Kristoffer Ajer, Welsh has had to adapt to the physical demands of the Premiership very quickly. He’s certainly come a long way from a loan spell at Morton just last year.
It’s great news for Celtic. Not least because of the youth exodus of recent months, with Cameron Harper, Liam Hughes leaving, and more out of contract in the summer. Karamoko Dembélé and Armstrong Okoflex amongst others are headed for the Paradise exit.
So, we can take much solace in Welsh extending his deal. Given his talents and ambitions, it’s a move that surely suits all parties.