Stephen Welsh was the brightest spot of last season’s Celtic team.
He emerged when we were looking for a player to put our faith in.
He has been excellent whenever has been called upon and he is a sterling member of the first team squad under Ange.
Christopher Jullien’s return to fitness does not change the fundamental importance of Welsh to this team. Unless the player is clamouring for a transfer – and I don’t believe for a second that he is – he remains a major part of this squad and the manager’s plans.
That’s why it is easy to dismiss stories, today, which suggest that Stephen Welsh is wanted by Italian clubs and we’ve “started the bidding” at £2 million. He is going to be a regular Scotland international soon, and we’re expected to believe this?
Welsh is going to develop into a top class centre half.
He is crucial to our European registrations as a first team player and a home grown talent.
That, on its own, is worth more than the £2 million fee being quoted.
The story is a nonsense. The Daily Record running with it is not a surprise.
The surprise would be if a living soul actually believed it. I don’t believe for a second that Welsh is going anywhere.
And I don’t believe that The Record has hard information to the contrary.
I think this is another case of them picking and choosing what they want to believe.
They treat their foreign counterparts as though they were iron clad; almost every story which comes from the press abroad is nonsense, written for its own clickbait audiences.
Common sense is all you need to apply here.
Welsh is a big part of the team Ange is trying to build. The guy was handed a new contract just last season. And he’s already played more games in a Celtic shirt than Patterson did in an Ibrox one … £2 million?
Please. Clear enough?
The story is garbage. Celtic fans shouldn’t even entertain it.