Video – “Perfect Scenario,” Welsh targets Scottish Cup Glory and 4 Premiership Wins

Watch a delighted Stephen Welsh speaking to Gerry McCulloch on Celtic TV after the young defender put pen to paper on a new contract that will keep Jim at the club until at last 2025…

Supporter Reaction to today’s news that Stephen Welsh has signed a four year contract extension at Celtic…

“Well Done Son, well deserved. You’ve been a standout from when you’ve come in”…”Congrats young man You Deserve it”…”He is a great young player. Hope he can score against theRangers”…”Promising”…”You deserve it for your hard work well done”…”Well done Stevie, well deserved, this guys gonna go on and be one of the best defenders we have had, hail hail”…”Well done son!!! Stay positive block out the noise and keep playing well,”…”Love this guy, fantastic attitude! All the best big man,”…”Good player. Lots of improvement to come HH”…”Well done! Best wishes for the next few years”…”Brilliant.. he looks real deal for youngster”…

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The 21-year old defender told McCulloch: “I’m delighted to get it done and I’m here for another four years which is the perfect scenario for me.

“I’ve been getting a consistent run of regular games since the Christmas period there. For me, it’s just about keeping that up, keep doing it, keep playing well until the end of the season.”

Looking back on what has been a difficult season for the Hoops, Welsh gave his thoughts on what has been a tough old campaign. “This season has of course been disappointing for the team and for the club, but I’ve been getting a consistent run of regular games since the Christmas period there. For me, it’s just about keeping that up, keep doing it, keep playing well, hopefully until the end of the season.

“I’ve not played a lot of games, I think it’s maybe when you’ve played 50 or 100 games like the other boys that have come through the Academy have done, that’s when you start to prove yourself.

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“It’s about making that form consistent, doing well, working hard at training, and getting your chance. That’s what it’s about, and being a bit lucky as well. Hopefully that all comes together.

“In terms of confidence, when you’re playing next to big Kris, Jonjoe next to you as well, they’re both really experienced players – Kris is playing with Norway at the highest level and Jonjoe has come from the English Premier League,” Welsh added. “That makes it very easy, when you’re playing with players of that calibre and you can fit in very well with them.

“Under John, everyone knows what their job is. The style of play, I think you saw it at the weekend, we were unplayable at times. It could have been anything, we could have had eight or nine goals, but I think a result like the weekend was coming.

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“We’ve played well in the last few weeks, but the goals just haven’t been there. The performance and the chances we were created against Livingston were very good and hopefully we can take that into the weekend now.

“Between now and the end of the season we’ve got the Scottish Cup to play and a massive game at the weekend, so we’ll be looking at that first. We want to go and win all of our games against the other top five teams in the league, and if we can put a decent run of games in between now and the end of the season that’ll be good going into pre-season.”

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The Celtic Star founder and editor, who has edited numerous Celtic books over the past decade or so including several from Lisbon Lions, Willie Wallace, Tommy Gemmell and Jim Craig. Earliest Celtic memories include a win over East Fife at Celtic Park and the 4-1 League Cup loss to Partick Thistle as a 6 year old. Best game? Easy 4-2, 1979 when Ten Men Won the League. Email

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