CELTIC have offered a two-year deal to out-of-contract defender Charlie Mulgrew.

There is also the option of a third year for the versatile player and negotiations are still ongoing with his representatives.

New boss Brendan Rodgers will want an answer from the 30-year-old left-back or centre-half as soon as possible while he puts his Hoops jigsaw together before the Champions League qualifiers next month.

It looks as though West Brom are unlikely to pursue their interest in the international. A source said: “The club have no intention of attempting to hi-jack talks between the player and Celtic. That is their business and that situation is respected.”

Mulgrew hasn’t joined in at pre-season training at Lennoxtown since the champions restarted on Monday.

Although talks appear to have stalled, he has continually stated a desire to continue at Parkhead.

Hawthorns boss Tony Pulis was linked with the back-four performer and Bournemouth were also credited with an interest.

Injuries have plagued Mulgrew over the last two years, but he made an impressive return to the team after the turn of the year.

His performances earned him a recall from Gordon Strachan to the Scotland set-up for the recent friendlies against Italy and France.

Now the ball is in his court as he sorts out his future at the five-in-a-row champions.



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