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Celtic: Stephen Welsh to stay

Celtic: Stephen Welsh to stay - Celtic News

Celtic defender Stephen Welsh will remain at the club amid Sheffield Wednesday’s interest, according to Anthony Joseph.

The Lowdown: Interest in Welsh

The 23-year-old centre-back was previously reported by Sky Sports reporter Joseph to be a possible departure from Celtic Park this month, with the Bhoys open to listening to offers within the opening weeks of the window.

Following just six appearances all season, Welsh hasn’t played in the SPFL since October and only featured in a matchday squad once since then.

On Monday, Joseph reported another update on the defender that third-tier Sheffield Wednesday were interested in taking him to Hillsborough for the remainder of the season, though this came amid Moritz Jenz’s loan from Lorient being terminated earlier this month.

The Latest: Set to stay

Following a rollercoaster month regarding the Scotsman’s future, it now seems as though his short-term future has been decided, with Joseph’s latest update revealing he’s set to stay in Glasgow until at least the summer, saying:

“UPDATE: It’s unlikely Stephen Welsh will be leaving Celtic before tonight’s deadline.

“His situation will be reassessed in the summer.”

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The Verdict: Summer exit?

After Jenz’s loan was ended, Ange Postecoglou has been left with four out-and-out centre-backs, providing him ample cover for the remainder of the season.

With Cameron Carter-Vickers and Carl Starfelt appearing the most amongst fellow centre-backs still at the club (via Transfermarkt), after a knee injury hindered Starfelt at the beginning of the season, he’s since played in the previous 10 SPFL games.

All but one of those games has been alongside the United States international, showing what Postecoglou’s defensive partnership is set to be for the remainder of the campaign, leaving Welsh likely to remain as nothing more than a backup should one of the pair become unavailable.

And after penning a four-year contract nearly two years ago (via Sky Sports), it’ll be interesting how he and Celtic see Welsh’s future come the end of the season – though we can see why the Hoops have opted against parting ways for now.

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