Celtic: Stephen Welsh linked with Sheffield Wednesday loan move
Celtic defender Stephen Welsh is being linked with a last-minute loan move to Sheffield Wednesday, according to Sky Sports reporter Anthony Joseph.
The Lowdown: Celtic open to offers for Welsh
The centre-back’s contract isn’t set to expire until 2025, but having fallen out of favour under Ange Postecoglou, the 23-year-old has been attracting attention after reports suggested that the Premiership champions are open to receiving permanent bids.
However, Welsh now appears to be the subject of late interest from a surprising potential suitor in England’s League One, with a temporary exit potentially on the cards.
The Latest: Sheffield Wednesday eyeing Welsh
Taking to Twitter, Joseph revealed that Sheffield Wednesday are considering making a loan approach for Welsh today to bolster their defensive ranks.
He wrote: “Sheffield Wednesday are interested in signing Celtic centre-back Stephen Welsh on loan until the end of the season.
“Celtic had been willing to listen to offers for Welsh in this window, but recently cut short Moritz Jenz’s loan from Lorient to allow him to join Schalke.”
The Verdict: Let him go
Welsh has been dubbed a ‘leader’ in defence by journalist Josh Bunting in the past, but given his lack of game-time in recent months, Celtic letting him leave to get some valuable minutes under his belt would be the right decision.
The 6 foot 2 titan has only made four league starts this season, highlighting that he’s clearly not part of Postecoglou’s plans moving forward, giving the Hoops all the more reason to sanction a departure.
Yorkshire-based journalist Joe Crann has also claimed that Welsh would be open to completing the move to Sheffield, so this is a deal which sounds like it would be the best outcome for both parties.