Blackburn Rovers captain Charlie Mulgrew has completed a season-long loan switch to Wigan Athletic, the club has confirmed.
The Scotland international will join the DW Stadium outfit for the duration of the 2019/20 season after it was confirmed on Friday morning that the deal had been completed before Thursday’s 5pm deadline.
Mulgrew was named in the starting line-up for Blackburn’s opening day defeat against newly-promoted Charlton Athletic, but Rovers boss Tony Mowbray has now permitted the defender to join the club’s Championship rivals.
The 33-year-old joined Rovers from Celtic in 2016 and he has gone on to make 108 appearances for the Lancashire side, scoring an impressive tally of 27 goals in the process.
He made 27 appearances for Rovers as they secured a 15th-placed finish in the Championship, but he was not involved in any of the club’s final six matches of the season.
This is one of the more surprising moves of the transfer window, particularly seeing as Mulgrew started and captained Rovers on the weekend.
He has been an excellent servant during his three years at the club, but his inconsistency last season means that Mowbray is happy to move the defender on during this window.
However, I do think Rovers are now looking light at the back and this could present a huge problem for Mowbray if there are injuries to the backline early on in the season.
Derrick Williams will now step in for Mulgrew while new signing Greg Cunningham fills in at left-back. This does look good on paper, even though I do think Rovers will miss the squad depth and leadership qualities provided by Mulgrew.