Charlie Mulgrew could make Glasgow return, reflects on signing for Celtic

By Euan Davidson

May 20, 2021

Could former Celtic favourite Charlie Mulgrew make a return to Glasgow?

Now, before you panic; no. The 35-year-old, who spent this season with Fleetwood Town, is incredibly unlikely to be back in the Green and White. However, he and his family have moved back to the Greatest City in the World [Sun], with his son Josh making strides in the Celtic Academy.

On a podcast about his career, Mulgrew reflected on his time at Celtic, but it’s his next move that’s caused the most intrigue. Having won 5 titles at his boyhood club, the free-kick specialist and former Scotland international could be part of Partick Thistle’s Championship efforts next season.

Certainly, Jags boss Ian McCall sounds keen, albeit with uncharacteristic shyness. The Partick Thistle boss told BBC Sportsound:

“He’s on a list. Who knows? Stranger things have happened. But there’s a list of players.”

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Stranger things have happened, indeed. For example, when he was at Aberdeen, Mulgrew once floored ex-Rangers man Kyle Lafferty without making contact, in a performance that was shockingly snubbed by Bafta committee [HITC].

Charlie Mulgrew: became key for Celtic / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Charlie Mulgrew reflects on Celtic tenure

Interestingly, Celtic could’ve lost out on Charlie Mulgrew, before he joined the club a second time. A member of the Academy, Mulgrew came up through the ranks, before being used as a makeweight in a deal for Lee Naylor. The ex-Scotland international impressed in Wolverhampton, ironically becoming the man who would replace Naylor in years to come, to a degree.

The versatile defender revealed how the business was concluded, in his interview with the BBC. He said [Sportsound]:

“I knew I was signing quite early in the summer, but I actually nearly went to Sheffield United. Neil Lennon had told me not to sign anywhere until I spoke to him.

“Sheffield United were pushing me to sign. My agent was on to me saying “they want to know, they want to know”. The Celtic thing was still playing on my mind; growing up a Celtic fan, [the] unfinished business there. I phoned Neil Lennon and said “what’s the script? Sheffield United are pushing me, I’m no trying to back you into a corner, I’m telling you the truth.”

“He said “don’t do anything”. Within an hour, everything was kind of agreed.

“Even then, I hadn’t signed. Celtic wanted to make their first signing, Sol Campbell was mentioned. There was a few players at the time mentioned, they wanted this big marquee signing. I felt a bit shunted. But it gave me that determination to prove myself.”

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