Report: Celtic's Charlie Mulgrew wanted by Bournemouth, the end for Ian Harte?

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Celtic's Charlie Mulgrew is a top target for Bournemouth, but it could be bad news for former Leeds United hero Ian Harte.

Celtic defender Charlie Mulgrew is a transfer target for Bournemouth, according to The Times.

The Scotland international is tipped as the club's first signing, despite being injured since December.

Bournemouth were promoted to England's top flight earlier this week after beating Neil Lennon's Bolton.

Mulgrew, 29, has just one year left on his contract, and this summer is an ideal chance for Celtic to cash in.

The left-back has already played in England previously with Wolves and Southend, and has been with Celtic since 2010, the club at which he began his career.

Mulgrew played 18 times for Celtic this season before his injury, which he is said to be close to returning from and could even feature for Scotland during June's international fixtures.

He would face a fight on his hands at Bournemouth for the left-back spot from Charlie Daniels, who has been impressive this season.

Daniels has played 40 games, providing four assists, and has been integral to their promotion.

Mulgrew's transfer would however be bad news for Ian Harte. The veteran is part of the Cherries side at 37, and has been celebrating a remarkable return to the Premier League.

A Leeds United hero and stalwart of their European success story in the early 2000s, he has made just four Championship appearances this season.

While the prospect of the set piece specialist getting a chance to add to his 28 Premier League goals is a fairytale one for him, if Bournemouth sign Mulgrew from Celtic then his time at the club could be over.

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