Stephen Welsh: Udinese 'set to return' with second bid for Celtic defender, what likelihood of departure?
Udinese are preparing a second bid for Celtic defender Stephen Welsh.
Welsh, who has played 17 times for Celtic this season across all competitions, signed a long-term contract until the summer of 2025 and is firmly in the first-team picture under manager Ange Postecoglou this season.
Celtic have Carl Starfelt, Cameron Carter-Vickers and the returning Chris Jullien as options alongside Welsh, while Israeli Nir Bitton can also fill in at centre-back.
Welsh, a boyhood Celtic fan, is enjoying life at the club after breaking into the team last season and Udinese will need to make a substantial offer to test the club’s resolve.
Celtic have been linked with a move for midfielder Riley McGree, an Australian internationalist, but have yet not strengthened their defensive options.