Celtic’s Stephen Welsh is at the centre of mounting transfer speculation as clubs from the MLS and the English Championship express interest in the 24-year-old defender. [RecordSport]

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Soccer Football – Scottish Premiership – Celtic v Rangers – Celtic Park, Glasgow, Scotland, Britain – December 30, 2023 Celtic’s Stephen Welsh in action with Rangers’ Cyriel Dessers REUTERS/Russell Cheyne

Welsh has seen limited action this season, which is partly due to injury as well as being further down the pecking order, which might prompt him to consider opportunities elsewhere.

Welsh, who committed his future to Celtic earlier this season with a contract extension through summer 2027, has consistently drawn attention from abroad.

Reports linking Welsh with a potential move to Rapid Bucharest under former Celtic manager Neil Lennon were dismissed on Tuesday night. Lennon, who recently took charge at the Romanian club and gave Welsh his debut at Celtic, was rumoured to be interested in reuniting with the defender. However, these rumours have been clarified as unfounded.

Celtic should really be looking at keeping the defender, but you can’t grudge him if he does look elsewhere in the hope of more minutes.

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