He deserves it and he deserves all the accolades which will be coming his way on the blogs and in the mainstream press over the next day or two.
Welsh has been the one real bright spot in an otherwise dismal campaign.
His emergence as a player of real significance in the team has been as pleasurable as it has been unexpected. Few of us would have believed that this problematic area of the team could produce such a fine player.
Over the last few months he has become steadily better, and one of the first names on the team-sheet.
Welsh is just 21; he has a lot of developing to do, but already he looks like he’s going to be a class act.
The deal will take him up to 2025 and, you suspect, beyond that.
Speaking to CelticTV he said, “I’m delighted to get it done and I’m here for another four years which is the perfect scenario for me. I’ve been getting a consistent run of regular games … for me, it’s just about keeping that up, keep doing it, keep playing well until the end of the season.”
Stephen has shown our youth players that they can, if they are good enough, break into the side and stake a claim for a regular place. It is good to see such a promising player, who’s already given us a lot, commit his future to the club.
Hopefully this will help halt that trend in the other direction.
Stephen has been one of the best things about this season; it’s clear however that he’ll be a huge part of the next campaign as well.
Congratulations Stephen, and onwards to Sunday.
Remember and vote on our Eddie Howe poll, folks … make your feelings known.
How Much Longer Should We Give Eddie Howe?
A few more days
Middle of next week
End it now and move on
End of the season