Derby County are preparing to make a summer move for Celtic midfielder Charlie Mulgrew according to the Derby Telegraph.
The 30 year old’s contract at Celtic Park is set to expire this summer. Mulgrew is expected to be offered a new deal however it is understood that Derby County could try to tempt the player to swap the Scottish Premiership for a move south of the border.
Mulgrew has made 205 appearances for Celtic during his career and has scored 29 goals but just 19 of those appearances have been made this season. The prospect of more regular first team football could persuade Mulgrew to make the move to Derby County.
The player’s flexibility remains one of his main assets with Mulgrew able to operate in central defensive or midfield roles or on the left. The Glasgow born Celtic academy product initially failed to make the grade at Celtic Park and left the club to find first team playing opportunities elsewhere.
The player was initially loaned to Dundee United before making a permanent move to Wolverhampton Wanderers in 2006. Mulgrew’s time at Molineux was dominated by injury and the player was loaned out to Southend United to build up his fitness before returning to the Scottish Premiership with Aberdeen in 2008. In summer 2010, Mulgrew returned to Celtic and has gone on to win four league titles, two Scottish Cups and a Scottish League Cup.
Any potential contract offer from Derby County is unlikely to be made before the club has competed in the end of season Play Offs in the Championship.