Recently there has been some speculation about the Celtic defender Stephen Welsh’s future at the club.

Udinese were recently interested in the buying the centre-half, but the Daily Record reported that the Hoops had informed the Italian club that the 21-year-old was not for sale.

Now Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou has made some comments about the player, and his future at the club.

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“Stephen Welsh is not going anywhere at the moment. I wouldn’t expect him to want to go anywhere because he is playing really well, he’s developing all the time” he said (Glasgow Times).

“I have a lot of time for him. He works hard in training and he wants to improve and keep pushing to make sure he becomes the best possible player he can” the Celtic boss concluded.

The Hoops talent should take great encouragement from his manager’s comments. Postecoglou has stated that he likes the player, and that he wants to make him better.

Welsh might not feature in the Celtic first-team for every match at the moment, but the fact that the Hoops boss speaks so highly of him seems to indicate that he has a big future at the club, and that will be the case even when fellow defender Christopher Jullien is fit to play once more.

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It will be interesting to see what happens if Udinese or any other interested clubs make an offer for Welsh in the summer. You have to imagine, judging by Postecoglou’s comments that those will be rejected.

It could depend on how much football Welsh plays in the second-half of the season, though. Should the player fail to hold down a regular first-team spot then perhaps he would consider a move away from Glasgow.

It should be remembered that Welsh is just at the start of his Hoops career. At the time of writing, he has made 41 appearances for the club. It is perhaps too early to judge a player after so few first-team appearances.

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Welsh will no doubt be pushing hard for a first-team place when the team returns to action after the winter break, and if he impresses in training, he could get a run of games in the side. He will be aiming to put pressure on the current first choice defensive pairing of Carl Starfelt and Cameron Carter-Vickers.

Only time will tell how many first-team games Welsh plays in the second-half of the season, but he should be pleased with what his manager thinks of his performances for the Hoops this season.