Celtic risk loss of key player to circling English clubs after placing contract talks on hold
By Coral Barry
Celtic are running the risk of losing Charlie Mulgrew to another club after the Scottish giants shelved talks about a possible contract extension as they look for a new manager, according to a report.
The Scottish giants announced that Ronny Deila would be leaving Celtic Park at the end of the season and it has been reported that all negotiations with soon-to-be out-of-contract senior players have been put on hold.
The Scottish Sun report that Celtic midfielder Mulgrew falls into that category and that he is attracting the attention of Championship club Derby, as well as the Premier League’s Bournemouth.
Mulgrew, 30, has been assured that he will be offered a new deal, but the delay in a decision may open the door to Derby, who have firmed up their interest in the player in recent weeks.
The Rams are said to be keeping a close eye on the situation, but any move could hinge on whether Derby manages to gain promotion into the top flight through the play-offs.
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Despite the possibility of a lucrative offer from another club becoming more and more likely with each passing day, the Sun claim that Mulgrew is more than happy to wait for the appointment of a new manager.
The Scottish international is on the verge of lifting his fifth successive league title with Celtic.
Mulgrew returned to his boyhood club in 2010 from Aberdeen after initially leaving Celtic in 2006 in search of first team action.
In other Celtic news, departing manager Deila has outlined his side’s greatest weakness.