Italian newspaper reports absolutely laughable valuation for Celtic star rated by Ange

By David Walton

January 9, 2022

Italian newspaper Messagerro Veneto incredibly reported today that Stephen Welsh is only being valued at €2m [£1.6m] by Celtic.

On Friday, Sky Sports reported that the Hoops had booted out an offer from Serie A club Udinese to take Welsh to Italy. The move was said to be a loan deal with the option of making it permanent.

But whilst Messagerro Veneto, a Udine-based newspaper, claimed that Udinese still like the player, they’ve come up with a bizarre valuation on the talented centre-back.

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Welsh did lose his place in the starting XI between September and October. However, he’s still managed 19 outings this season and played in the last 2 Premiership games before the winter break [Transfermarkt].

Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou has consistently spoken highly of Welsh since he became boss in the summer. Only 2 months after arriving, Ange stated that he was “delighted” with his progress and touted him for Scotland [Scottish Sun].

Welsh is a graduate of the Lennoxtown academy, after initially breaking into the first-team squad under Neil Lennon back in October 2020.

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Stephen Welsh won’t be going anywhere for such an insultingly low fee

Could you honestly imagine a world where Celtic let a talent such as Welsh go for a fee as ridiculous as £1.6m? Even £5m would feel like a slap in the face.

Come on, we would expect to get more than £1.6m for the likes of Vasilis Barkas, Albian Ajeti, and Boli Bolingoli. The sheer thought of Welsh going for that money is enough to make you crack a smile.

We’re talking about a player that has top-level European experience. A player who is still only 21 and clearly rated by his manager. A player with 41 appearances for the Hoops and so much more growth within him. Fat chance if those in Udine believe they’ll get anywhere with those figures.

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But there’s probably an even bigger issue worth discussing here, and that’s whether we should even consider letting him go at all. We know Celtic rate the player, but it could be the case that he isn’t actually a part of our strongest centre-back pairing. Especially with Carl Starfelt and Chris Jullien both likely being available after the winter break.

Welsh probably falls into the bracket of a player who has his price. But Celtic will know the commodity they have, and considering he’s contracted until 2025, it’s the Hoops that hold all the aces.

He still has all the tools to be a real academy success story in the long run. And so long as interested parties are discussing such lowly valuations, he won’t be going anywhere in a hurry.

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