Celtic are working towards signing up young defender Stephen Welsh to a new contract, website Football Insider reports.
The outlet says that Neil Lennon has held personal talks with the player, hoping to convince him his future lies at the club.
Welsh signed his latest deal back in 2018 after becoming a regular for the club’s development side.
However, that contract is due to expire at the end of the season, meaning there needs to be a fairly urgent conclusion to any negotiations.
After making his first-team breakthrough against Hamilton recently, it would be no surprise to find out that other clubs are hovering and having a look at the player and his situation.
‘Unforgettable’ debut can lead to bigger things
After the match against Accies, Welsh was clearly delighted to reach senior level at Celtic, taking to Twitter to share his happiness with it all.
Unforgettable day making my debut, and a great win as well🍀 pic.twitter.com/wGoZlxTOhN
— Stephen Welsh (@stephen_welsh17) February 2, 2020
Welsh was solid throughout his time on the pitch that day, often looking more defensively assured than Kristoffer Ajer and Christopher Jullien in a three-man defence.
For a debut, it was more than good enough.
Celtic are not exactly blessed with great depth in the position beyond Jullien, Ajer and Jozo Simunovic. Welsh could well find himself getting more minutes between now and the end of the season.
Securing a new deal could be the kind of confidence boost he needs to push on in training and on the pitch. If we can tie him down for a number of years he’ll have plenty of time to further impress and push his way into Lennon’s plans.
Versatile enough to play at centre-half and at right-back, where he mainly featured on loan at Morton this season (Transfermarkt), he could be part of the next clutch of homegrown heroes at the Hoops.
Also capped at three youth age levels with Scotland, the player is also on the path to being a future international.
Hopefully we hear more concrete news about this potential contract extension soon.