Celtic have confirmed that centre-back Stephen Welsh has agreed terms and signed a new contract with the club.

The Hoops announced on their official Twitter account and official website on Tuesday that Welsh, 18, has extended his stay at Parkhead until the end of the 2019/20 season after the necessary paperwork was finalised.

Welsh will now aim to be the next Celtic academy product to break into the first team, following in the footsteps of Kieran Tierney, James Forrest and Callum McGregor.

The defender is yet to earn a senior appearance for the Scottish champions but has been moving up the ranks and is currently a mainstay of the development squad.

He has also been called up to the Scotland Under-19s squad this week along with five of his team-mates.

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Celtic have quite the strangehold on the Scottish Premiership after seeing off Rangers on Sunday, so Brendan Rodgers may want to start blooding a few young players into his first-team. With a nine point lead that could easily be made 12 in the near future thanks to a game in hand, the title is pretty much wrapped up so using teenagers like Welsh is not much of a risk. Celtic’s defence is leaking goals too. Jozo Simunovic and Dedryck Boyata are disasters waiting to happen so young centre-backs like Welsh may actually be an improvement if anything.

In other Celtic news, the Hoops are plotting a record-breaking summer swoop for this lethal finisher.

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