Report: French side end interest in Celtic defender after rejected loan offer

By Lewis Laird

August 1, 2022

French Ligue 1 side Toulouse have ended their pursuit of Celtic defender Stephen Welsh, according to Sky Sports journalist Anthony Joseph.

The 22-year-old centre-back has been subject to transfer interest across the last two windows, with clubs from Europe eyeing up a move.

The latest side to express their interest in Welsh was Toulouse, who reportedly submitted a loan offer with a £3.5 million option to buy.

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That opening offer was swiftly turned down by Celtic, with Ange Postecoglou seeing the Scotland under-21 internationalist as part of his plans for the coming season.

Welsh brushed off any exit suggestions, taking his place in the starting line-up for the Hoops Scottish Premiership opener against Aberdeen on Sunday.

The defender put in a brilliant display throughout the 90 minutes alongside Cameron Carter-Vickers and scored Celtic’s opening goal within the first few minutes.

According to the latest update from Sky Sports, after having their offer rejected last week, Toulouse has now ended their pursuit of Welsh, moving on to other defensive targets.

The young academy graduate has also attracted interest from Italy in the past, with Udinese enquiring about a potential move for Welsh.

However, it looks increasingly more likely that he will be remaining part of the Celtic squad for the 2022/23 campaign.

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Welsh has showcased in pre-season why he deserves to be part of Ange Postecoglou’s Celtic squad.

For the majority of last season, minutes in Ange Postecoglou’s squad became hard to come by for Stephen Welsh due to the success of Carl Starfelt and Cameron Carter-Vickers.

However, the defender has started the season off brilliantly, building upon a solid pre-season and taking advantage of Starfelt’s current absence.

On Sunday afternoon, the young Celtic defender showcased exactly why he deserves his place in Postecoglou’s plans for the coming season.

Of course, there will come a time when he isn’t in the side. However, Welsh now finds himself in a place where he is trusted to go and perform by the Celtic manager.

Interest from leagues across Europe goes to show how the defender has come on leaps and bounds over the last few years, and many are excited to see how his development continues under the 56-year-old.

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