Ligue 1 club make enquiry for Celtic defender but Bhoys stand firm

By John McGinley

July 24, 2022

French club Toulouse have made an enquiry on the availability of Celtic defender Stephen Welsh, Sky Sports have reported this afternoon.

Toulouse are preparing for a season in Ligue 1 having gained promotion as second-tier winners last season.

The broadcaster believes Celtic are unwilling to sell as Ange Postecoglou considers Welsh to be part of his plans over the coming season.

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It’s a stance that remains consistent with the January transfer window when the Bhoys rebuffed an Udinese advance for the Scotland U21 international.

The centre-back has had a strong pre-season with Postecoglou’s group, starting a number of matches in place of the injured Carl Starfelt.

Postecoglou has several centre-back options at his disposal and Welsh is theoretically a strong fourth in line, with Cameron Carter-Vickers and Starfelt ahead of him.

Moritz Jenz has also joined the club and will be expected to make a push for first-team appearances alongside the 22-year-old.

The Celtic boss has spoken this weekend of his desire to have a robust, deep squad full of players that can play at a first-team level.

Keeping Welsh around makes sense in that regard, with his homegrown status also helping the Bhoys out when it comes to UEFA registration lists.

He is making steady progress under Postecoglou and clearly the manager feels like he can play a role on the quest for trophies.

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