David Wheater wants Middlesbrough to seal a permanent deal for on-loan Stephen McManus.
The Celtic defender joined Boro in January, when Barry Robson, Scott McDonald, Willo Flood and Chris Killen also sealed moves to the Riverside.
Boro boss Gordon Strachan is a huge fan of McManus, but reports north of the border suggest that if Neil Lennon gets the Celtic job on a permanent basis then he will recall him in the summer and not allow him to move.
That will be a blow to Boro as McManus has impressed and Wheater insists he would like to see him signed.
"If it was up to me I'd keep Mick [McManus' nickname] at the club but that may be out of our hands with the managerial situation at Celtic," said Wheater.
"Most of the centre-backs I've played with have been fantastic but it's all about developing an understanding.
"If me and Mick can play for a long run then I think it will help my game and benefit the club. Hopefully he'll be with us next season.
"I don't think anyone else at my age will have had as many defensive partners. The longest I've had this season was with Sean (St Ledger) which lasted about 12 games.
"As a young centre-half you need to be settled down with someone. It's been tough but now I'm playing every week with Mick I think my performances have picked up. Having a steady central defensive partnership is a massive help.
"He's played in the Champions League and for Scotland so he had that experience.
"He's a good talker. I think all of the Scottish lads are like that and the manager loves shouting too! But that's what you need."