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Report: Championship club to hijack Celtic contract talks, £1m-a-year deal on the table

By Harvey Byrne

Sheffield Wednesday are set to battle Scotland giants Celtic for the signature of defender Charlie Mulgrew, according to a report.

Scottish publication The Scotsman, citing The Sun, claim that the Championship club are going to offer the 30-year-old centre-back a contract worth £1million-a-year.

The experienced Scotland international’s contract expired at Celtic in the summer, but it is understood that Brendan Rodgers is keen to keep him as part of the squad.

However, the wage increase that England has to offer could tempt Mulgrew to move south of the border for the second time in his career.

The versatile player  first came to England in 2006 after joining Wolves from Dundee in exchange for Lee Naylor, but after just nine appearances and a loan spell at Southend Mulgrew was back in Scotland with Aberdeen two years later.

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Originally coming through the Bhoys’ youth team, Mulgrew left after failing to play a game in 2006, but returned to Celtic four years later in 2010 where he has since 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 has insisted that he sees a bright future for himself at Celtic.

In other Celtic transfer news, the Bhoys are closely monitoring Nottingham Forest striker Lars Veldwijk.