BRENDAN RODGERS has explained Charlie Mulgrew’s appearance at training with the Celtic first team today.

However, the Irishman appeared to scupper any likelihood of the Scotland international defender being given a fresh offer from the Hoops.

The arrival of Kolo Toure and emergence of Eoghan O’Connell look to have closed the doors on a new deal for Mulgrew.

The Celtic boss said: “I don’t know Charlie that well, but what I do know is he was a good servant to the club.

“His contract was up, he was looking to negotiate with the club and unfortunately those negotiations stalled. 

“He’s without a club and he asked if he could come in and train for a few weeks until something happened further down the line. 

“By all accounts, he’s a good guy, and from speaking to him a few times, he’s a guy who wants to work and train well 

“I have no problem in helping out good people like him.”

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