In a recent Twitter post, Joseph had this to say on the matter.
“UPDATE: Toulouse have ended their pursuit of Celtic defender Stephen Welsh in this window.
He was their No1 centre-back target this summer. However, Celtic rejected a season-long loan bid, with an option-to-buy for £3.5m, last week. Toulouse will now move on to other targets.”
Now that the French side have reportedly given up on their efforts to strike a deal with the Hoops for the centre-back, this will surely be a great boost for Ange Postecoglou and put to bed any concerns there may have been over the player’s potential exit.
Bearing in mind how the defender performed during Celtic’s recent 2-0 win over Aberdeen, proving just how useful he can be for the Bhoys, it’s easy to see why Toulouse were after him and why the Parkhead club rejected their initial offer to sign him.
In addition to scoring the first of Celtic’s two goals at the weekend and keeping a clean sheet, the Scotsman won six of the eight duels he was involved in as well as making two tackles, two clearances and one block, highlighting his clear defensive talent.
Taking into account how Carl Starfelt is not yet fully fit enough to play following an injury he picked up over the summer, in addition to the fact that fellow Hoops defender, Christopher Jullien, has been linked with a move away from the club in recent weeks, it seems that Welsh staying at the club will be a welcome boost to Postecoglou and co.
With the Hoops boss showing his clear confidence in the 22-year-old and his ability by picking him to play against Aberdeen, this could put off any other club that may have been looking to sign him.
The Bhoys set to take on Ross County on Saturday for their second league outing of the new season and this could give the centre-back another chance to show the manager why he deserves to be at the club and in the team.