New Celtic boss Tony Mowbray has made contract talks with Gary Caldwell his first priority.
The former West Brom boss took charge at Parkhead this week and has begun his preparations for the 2009/10 campaign.
Those plans include persuading commanding centre-half Caldwell to extend his stay with the club.
The Scotland international's current contract is set to expire next summer and Mowbray has revealed that he is hoping to hold extension discussions with the defender when he returns to pre-season training.
"I will speak to Gary soon about his contract situation - the first chance I get, I will do that," he said.
"I will talk to him, his advisors and to chief executive Peter Lawwell about it.
"I will see where we are at because I am sure he has been approached before now on a new contract. I assume he has.
"I have not tip-toed into the issue as yet, but I will see what Gary thinks.
"He might have huge aspirations to move to the English Premier League, I don't know.
"I will assess his thinking and see where we go with it."
Meanwhile, Mowbray's assistant at Celtic, Mark Venus, admits the coaching team at the Glasgow giants cannot wait to get started in their new role.
"It is a massive club with great tradition and we are excited and looking forward to it," he told Talk Sport.
"Obviously I've been in Scotland and watched a few Celtic games on European evenings and Old Firm games but to be part of it will be mind-boggling.
"Let's hope we can build something to shout about.
"It's a different mindset, a different challenge, and the expectations are higher than at any other club we've been at but that's part of the reason we are going."
Venus has also claimed that the Hoops were the only side capable of luring Mowbray and co away from The Hawthorns.
"It was a far bigger decision than people realise," he added.
"I don't think he would have left West Brom for anyone else. Tony had a lot of affection for the fans and the players at West Brom and everyone was great to him.
"But the ties at Celtic, the size of the club and being able to take part in European football, was a pull for him.
"We have started now, the players come back on 1st July and it's onwards and upwards."