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A general view of a rain soaked Celtic Park exterior before the UEFA Champions League qualifying round play-off first leg match between Celtic and Malmo FF at Celtic Park on August 19,...

Youssouf Mulumbu had been linked with a return to Scottish football after leaving Celtic.

Youssouf Mulumbu of Celtic arrives at the stadium prior to the UEFA Europa League Group B match between Celtic and Rosenborg at Celtic Park on September 20, 2018 in Glasgow, United Kingdom.

The manager of one of Celtic's Scottish Premiership rivals appears to have ruled out a move for a player the Bhoys released at the end of last season.

Youssouf Mulumbu moved to Celtic from Kilmarnock in the summer of 2018, but played just three times for the side then managed by Brendan Rodgers before returning to Rugby Park on loan.

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Mulumbu has been without a club ever since that deal expired - along with the one-year contract he had initially signed at Celtic Park.

This week, though, the DR Congo international was linked with a return to football with Aberdeen - whom The Daily Record claims were interested bringing him to Pittodrie.

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes prior to the UEFA Europa League Third Qualifying Round Second Leg match between Aberdeen FC and Rijeka at Pittodrie Stadium on August 15, 2019 in Aberdeen,...

But asked about Mulumbu and Gary O'Neil, the former Bolton Wanderers midfielder Aberdeen are said to have held talks with, the Dons boss said, as quoted by The Daily Record: "There won't be any players arriving in the short-term."

Aberdeen were beaten 4-0 by Celtic at Pittodrie on Sunday.

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