Mulgrew backed to win first cap for Scotland in 2012

JOHAN Mjallby has backed the calls for Charlie Mulgrew to make what some believe would be an overdue debut for Scotland in 2012.

The 25-year-old has endured a difficult time of it following the recent death of his father but has remained impressively consistent on the pitch, most recently against Rangers in last Wednesday’s 1-0 victory.

Mjallby is surprised that the versatile Mulgrew is not yet a full Scotland internationalist although he believes the player’s chances might have improved after an extended spell at centre-half, an area where Craig Levein, the national team coach, could do with options.

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“Unfortunately, he got a wee injury earlier in the season, but he’s back to his best,” said Celtic assistant manager Mjallby. “Sure, you can argue about his best position and it could be centre-half. He gives us great composure and he seems to read the game very well.

“It’s great to have a guy like Charlie,” he added. “He’s brought up in the academy, he’s a Celtic boy and he knows all about the club. He has a sweet left foot and is improving his defensive skills all of the time.

“For us, he’s been a sensation. I wouldn’t think Charlie would let anyone down with Scotland because, for us, he’s been terrific. The main thing for us is that he is doing well for Celtic, but I think he is definitely worth a look for the national team.”