Charlie Mulgrew’s next move appears increasingly likely to be back to Scotland – with Dundee United the latest side to be linked with a move for the former Rovers captain.

Mulgrew’s time with Rovers will officially come to an end at the end of this month, the 35-year-old seeing him contract expire after five years at Ewood Park.

The last two of those have been spent out on loan, joining Wigan Athletic on deadline day in 2019 and Fleetwood Town 12 months later.

Mulgrew has played just once for Rovers since the opening day of the 2019/20 season, that coming in the Project Restart fixture at Barnsley last July in what was his 100th league appearance for the club.

The defender has since relocated north of the border, after an Achilles injury cut short his season in February, and he has already received interest from recently-promoted Partick Thistle who will next season be playing in the Scottish Championship.

Managerless Dundee United, who saw Micky Mellon leave to rejoin Tranmere last week, are now said to have identified Mulgrew as a top target.

He previously had a loan spell at Tannadice in 2006, playing 14 games while on the books at Celtic, who he later enjoyed six years with prior to joining Rovers on a free transfer in 2016.

He quickly became a regular with Rovers, captaining the club to League One promotion in 2017/18, scoring 14 goals, and he added a further 10 in their first season back to earn a new two-and-a-half year deal in December 2019.

Things haven’t worked out for Mulgrew since, missing out on selection for Scotland’s Euro 2020 campaign after falling out of favour at Rovers.

He will now look to get his career back on track, with Dundee United the latest to show interest in signing him on a free transfer. United finished ninth in the Scottish Premiership last season.