According to today’s Sky Sports story, French team Toulouse has inquired about Celtic defender Stephen Welsh’s availability.

Toulouse is getting ready to play in Ligue 1 after last season’s second-tier championship earned them promotion.

According to the broadcaster, Celtic are hesitant to sell because Ange Postecoglou sees Welsh as important to their plans for the upcoming campaign.

The Bhoys’ attitude is still the same as when they rejected an offer from Udinese for the Scotland U21 international during the January transfer window.

With Postecoglou’s squad, the centre defender has had a great preseason, starting a lot of games in Carl Starfelt’s place due to injury.

With Cameron Carter-Vickers and Starfelt ahead of him, Welsh is potentially a solid fourth in line for Postecoglou, who has a number of center-back alternatives at his disposal.

Along with the 22-year-old, Moritz Jenz has also joined the team and is anticipated to compete for first-team opportunities.

The Celtic manager has expressed his ambition to have a strong, deep squad full of players who can compete at the first-team level this weekend.

Welsh’s indigenous status also benefits the Bhoys when it comes to UEFA registration lists, so keeping him around makes sense in that context.

He is improving steadily under Postecoglou, and it is obvious that the manager believes he can contribute to the team’s quest for championships.