By Alex Stevens

Brendan Rodgers has revealed he wants to keep Charlie Mulgrew at Celtic as talks over a new contract continue.

The Hoops defender has been hampered by injury in recent seasons and will be a free agent when his current deal expires at the end of this month.

Mulgrew has insisted he wants to remain at Celtic Park and revealed that talks had taken place recently with Rodgers in which the manager assured the Scotland international he wanted him to stay.

Speaking on Tuesday, Rodgers delivered an update on Mulgrew’s situation as he confirmed he wants to have the former Scottish Player of the Year in his squad next season but admitted the issue was in the balance.

‘There is no progress that I am aware of,” Rodgers said, as quoted by the Telegraph. “He is a player I have spoken to, a player we would like to keep, of course, but that depends on how contract talks go. There is no update on it.

“We had a real good conversation. I always liked Charlie, watching him from afar. He has good balance and looked a good professional and a Celtic fan from what I hear, so the club means a lot to him.

“I think everyone respects that he is at a stage of his career where it could well be his last contract. I always respect that with older players at 29 or 30 years of age.

“This is arguably the most important contract of their life, so they have to take their time to assess that and look at that.”

Mulgrew has been at Celtic since 2010 and has made 208 appearances for the club in six years.

Injury has limited the defender to just 20 appearances in each of his last two seasons, but Mulgrew insisted he sees a bright future for himself at Celtic.

The left-back said: “I spoke to the manager. The new manager’s plans for the club are great.

“It’s exciting times ahead for Celtic. I hope I can be involved in that because I think there’s a few big years coming up.”

In other Celtic news, the club have launched a bid for a Liverpool player Rodgers worked with at Anfield.