Charlie Mulgrew admits that he is desperate to stay at Celtic

Charlie Mulgrew scores the second goal for Celtic

Charlie Mulgrew's contract at Celtic is due to expire in the coming weeks.

Charlie Mulgrew scores the second goal for Celtic

Charlie Mulgrew has told BBC Sport that he is desperate to stay at Celtic, with his future currently hanging in the balance.

Mulgrew’s contract at Celtic is due to expire in the coming weeks, with Bournemouth one of the clubs to have been linked with the Scotland international.

When Ronny Deila was in charge it appeared that Mulgrew would not be kept on by Celtic, but Brendan Rodgers’ appointment at Parkhead has offered the 30-year-old hope.

Celtic's Charlie Mulgrew celebrates scoring their third goal

Mulgrew claims that Rodgers has told him that he is part of the Glasgow club’s future plans, but a new deal is yet to be presented to the utility man.

And Mulgrew said: "I'm happy. I want to stay, but the longer it goes on, you start to wonder if it's going to happen.

"I've spoken to the manager and he wants me to stay, which is important for me. You want to feel wanted.”

Rodgers has only had minimal contact with his new Celtic squad so far, but he has spoken to certain individuals.

Mulgrew is one of the first members of the Bhoys’ squad that Rodgers has talked to, and the Scotland international is impressed by the new manager’s future plans.

Germany's Mario Gotze in action with Scotland's Charlie Mulgrew

"The new manager's plans for the club are great," he said.

"It's exciting times ahead for Celtic. I hope I can be involved in that because I think there's a few big years coming up.

"It's not as quick as just signing it. These things are never quick.

"There's bits and pieces that need tied up, things need done, but hopefully we can get it done as quickly as possible.”

This past season has been a disappointing one for Mulgrew, as it was so badly disrupted by injury.

Mulgrew only made 20 appearances for the Bhoys, with a thigh complaint proving to be very problematic.

Celtic's Charlie Mulgrew in action with Rangers' Kenny Miller

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