Charlie Mulgrew admits talks over Celtic contract extension, wants long-term stay

Celtic defender Charlie Mulgrew has admitted he is in talks over a contract extension.

Celtic defender Charlie Mulgrew has admitted to The Sun that he has opened talks over a new contract to stay with the club.

Mulgrew, 29, started his career with Celtic before a move to Wolverhampton Wanderers in 2006, and returned to Scotland in 2008 with Aberdeen.

His second spell with Celtic began five years ago, and he has become a regular in the Bhoys' side ever since arriving on a free transfer from Aberdeen.

With almost 200 appearances in his second spell for Celtic, Mulgrew is a valuable squad member under Ronny Deila, even though he suffered with injuries last season.

The Scotland international is now back fully fit and will be gearing up for the new season, but has been discussing his future with the Glaswegian giants.

With one year left on his contract, Mulgrew has admitted to The Sun that he has held informal talks over a new deal to stay at Celtic - and he wants to remain with the Bhoys for the rest of his career.

"We’ve had a chat. I spoke briefly to Peter [Lawwell] and the manager," said Mulgrew. "I am happy here. I’ve been back for five seasons now. It probably is hard to see myself anywhere else. I haven’t thought along those lines."

Mulgrew - worth a new contract?

The last 12 months haven't been kind to Mulgrew, but there is one key aspect that makes him worth a new deal - his versatility.

During his time at Celtic, Mulgrew has played at left back, centre back and in defensive midfield, offering Deila a key option as cover for a number of positions.

Those players aren't easy to find, and the Glaswegian-born defender clearly loves playing for Celtic - and deserves to continue his career with the Bhoys beyond 2016.

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