Celtic manager Ronny Deila has told the Glasgow Evening Times that it was important for the club to have Charlie Mulgrew back in action before the end of this season.
Mulgrew featured for 45 minutes of the draw against St Johnstone last week after an extended period out of the team with injury.
Deila has hinted that the Bhoys could have rushed him back into action earlier, but has explained that would have been counterproductive because of the possibility he could have been kept out for longer.
“Both Scott and Charlie are leaders in the dressing room. They are big characters. They help the place to have a good atmosphere,” said the boss.
“It was so important for us that we got Charlie back before the end of the season. We had to be careful because we did not want to push him too early and then find that he was set-back.”
“He will work hard over the summer. He will have a programme to follow and it means that when he comes back he should be at the same level as everyone else.”
Mulgrew is certainly someone who can have a big impact on the team looking ahead to next season for a number of reasons.
His experience is going to be useful in any event and his leadership qualities will help any new arrival to settle in with little difficulty.
It’s also important that Deila plays on the point that Mulgrew will likely be looking to prove.
He’s missed a large chunk of a difficult season for the club, including a period of important games in all competitions.
The boss can play on that extra determination he’s going to take into pre-season and the new campaign to increase the competition for places, ultimately making Celtic’s squad a little bit better in terms of quality.
Fingers cross he doesn’t suffer any more setbacks.