Celtic fan-favourite Charlie Mulgrew reportedly in contention for Premiership return

By David Walton

June 7, 2021

Former Celtic hero Charlie Mulgrew is in contention to return to the Scottish Premiership with Dundee United, according to the Scottish Sun.

United are a club set for substantial change this summer after the departure of former manager Micky Mellon. The Sun believes they’re closing in on the promotion of Tam Courts from Head of Youth to first-team manager.

The report states that Mulgrew is at the top of a list of priority targets Courts has for his summer plans. This comes after the former Hoops defender was released by Blackburn Rovers at the end of the season.

Partick Thistle have also been listed as a possible destination. However, Mulgrew showed more than enough during his loan spell with Fleetwood Town last season that he can still operate effectively at Scottish Premiership level.

The former Celtic defender was a massive fan-favourite during his days at Parkhead. Mulgrew was part of five title wins during out nine-in-a-row run, and also secured two Scottish Cups. Not to mention he was one of the heroes on that famous night against Barcelona in 2012.

Former Celtic man Charlie Mulgrew more than capable of a return to Scotland

It’ll be interesting to see whether a stay in England is also open to the former Scotland international. Mulgrew remains a more than capable defender, and can still play in a host of positions. Even though he was often a centre-back during his Celtic days, he has vast experience at left-back. He can even feature as a left-sided midfielder too.

It should be the case that Mulgrew has his pick of options. If he decides to come back to Scottish football, you would expect a queue of clubs lining up to take a look at him. At 35, he still has some years to give should he choose to stay in the game. He was a regular at League One level last season, which proves he can still operate at a decent standard.

Since leaving Celtic in 2016, Mulgrew has made his mark in the lower leagues of the English game. He can look upon his time with Blackburn in particular with fondness, bagging the goal that secured them promotion in 2017.

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

Of course, a potential move to Tannadice wouldn’t be his first time signing for the Arabs. During his first spell at Celtic after coming through the youth ranks, Mulgrew spent a period on loan with the Tayside club. His success there provided him with a springboard to make a move to Wolves in 2006.

Now, it could be the case that the experienced veteran could come in to help add some much-needed experience to United’s young squad. If that’s the move he decides to make, he’ll undoubtedly be a big success.

In other news, Celtic are reportedly keen on a 17-goal international forward who can be snapped up for nothing.