Stephen Welsh staying at Celtic as defender told he's going nowhere after Udinese interest

By Scott Burns

Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou won the fight for Riley McGree and then slammed the door shut on any fresh moves from Udinese for Stephen Welsh.

Postecoglou has already wrapped up a deal to sign Aussie McGree from Charlotte FC after Celtic were locked in talks with Major League Soccer over a £3million move.

The 23-year-old had been on-loan at Birmingham City and the English Championship outfit wanted to extend that agreement but they have now been trumped by fellow Australian Postecoglou.

The Celtic boss was personally involved with talks to land his countryman, who he previously called into the Australian national squad.

The Parkhead club now hope to get the paperwork and visa in place to get McGree across to Scotland as soon as they can.


Postecoglou and Celtic have also made it clear to Udinese that Welsh will not be leaving Parkhead in this window.

The Hoops are not in the market to let their Scotland under-21 captain leave and despite the Serie A side being keen on a loan or a £1.6million permanent transfer, neither was entertained.

Reports in Italy have stated that Udinese are set to come back in but if they do they will be met with the same dismissal as before for the Scotland under-21 captain.

Postecoglou wants Welsh to remain and to fight it out for one of the two central defensive positions.

The Scotland under-21 cap is in the mix alongside Cameron Carter-Vickers, Carl Starfelt and soon to be returning Christopher Jullien.

Welsh is rated highly and has recently signed a new long-term contract with his boyhood heroes that should keep him at Celtic Park until the summer of 2025.

Postecoglou still wants to add to his squad despite the signings of Red Hatate, Yosuke Ideguchi, Daizen Maeda and Irish youngster Johnny Kenny from Sligo Rovers.


Shabab Al Ahli’s Ghayedi, who can play as a striker or a winger certainly falls into that category.

He has been linked with Celtic for several months.

Celtic could also look to move some of their fringe players on like Ismaila Soro, who has been linked with New York Red Bulls, Albian Ajeti and Boli Bolingoli could all be moved on in this window.


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