Celtic must unleash Stephen Welsh

Celtic have seen numerous players wave goodbye to the Parkhead club since the end of their previous season.

Figures such as Tom Rogic, Nir Bitton, Ismaila Soro, Karamoko Dembele and Luca Connell, among others, have waved goodbye to the Hoops.

Another name that could be on their way out before the summer transfer window ends is Christopher Jullien.

The defender, who joined the Bhoys for a fee of £7m back in 2019, was linked with a move to Schalke, before the potential deal collapsed, leaving him still at Celtic for the time being.

With Ange Postecoglou recently claiming that some more players could leave the club before the transfer window closes, it’d be safe to suggest that Jullien is a prime candidate for a potential Hoops exit in the coming days and weeks.

Bearing in mind how one of his previous performances in a Hoops shirt was described as being a “shocker” by pundit Tam McManus, it’s understandable why Ange Postecoglou may have his doubts about him.

One aspect that could lead to the Frenchman’s potential exit is the presence of Stephen Welsh.

The Hoops boss chose the Scotsman to play in Sunday’s 2-0 win over Aberdeen in the SPFL ahead of Jullien, who wasn’t even included in the matchday squad, showing how far down the pecking order the 29-year-old currently is.

Welsh’s performance in the game would not have helped the £4.05m-rated centre-back’s chances of getting in the team either, as the 22-year-old not only scored the first goal of the game but he also managed to win 75% of his duels as well as make two tackles, two clearances and one block.

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This display ultimately earned Welsh, who has been hailed as “phenomenal” in the past by Celtic youth coach Martin Miller, an overall match rating of 8.2/10 from SofaScore, making him the joint-highest rated Hoops player on the day.

With this in mind, it could be in Postecoglou’s best interest to finally get rid of Jullien and keep the £10.5k-per-week youngster in the squad as a regular first-team figure.

However, with the SPFL title to try and reclaim as well as the Champions League to play in, adding another defensive figure to the squad should the Frenchman end up leaving could be a smart move for the Bhoys.

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