According to Sky Sports, CELTIC has knocked back an official bid for Stephen Welsh.

Toulouse has been hot on the tail of the Scottish under-21 captain this summer, but the Hoops are reluctant to let go of Stephen.

Anthony Joseph writes the French club submitted an initial loan bid for the defender with a £3.5m option to buy clause. It’s been swiftly thrown out by the Scottish Champions.

It might seem like a strange move that Toulouse is looking at Stephen Welsh on the face of things. However, with the swell of Scottish players in European leagues and deals like Aaron Hickey’s move to Serie A and then the Premier League in sharp focus, many clubs are now looking at the Scottish league as a real source of future talent.

Stephen is a back up defender for Celtic at the moment. Will he get enough game time in order to develop his game at Celtic? That remains to be seen.

Could a loan deal without an option to buy be beneficial for the centre-back? It might just be.



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