DONS defender Charlie Mulgrew has rejected Aberdeen’s final offer of a contract extension.
Mulgrew and his agent have opted to turn down the lucrative deal and if that decision is final he will be free to talk to other clubs on January 1.
Dons boss Mark McGhee said: “Charlie has been made an outstanding offer and he has turned it down.
"I still have to speak to him to find out why that is the case and what his thinking is.”
Mulgrew’s agent, former hun Kevin Drinkell, issued a few lines of platitudes straight out of the agents' manual for keeping players in the shop window that we at Aberdeen-Mad will not insult the Dons fans by repeating.
Dons legend and Director of Football Willie Miller told the Daily Record yesterday that the offer is the final one on the table.
He said: "Charlie Mulgrew has been made a take-it-or-leave-it offer. Although he is out of contract at the end of the season there will be no more offers made to him after this one."
However, Miller believes that the new management team can successfully build a new team without Mulgrew, and that tying up the club's youngsters is more of a priority.
He said: "If [Mulgrew's decision] is a negative one then we will move on and begin the search for a replacement.
"We are also trying to get some of the young players secured on long-term deals. There are exciting young stars here and we want to tie them up to ensure the future of the club.
"All these players such as Peter Pawlett, Chris Maguire, Michael Paton and Fraser Fyvie have contracts but we want these to be extended."