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Charlie Mulgrew admits injury problems of last season were his own making

Experienced Celtic star Charlie Mulgrew has admitted it was his own fauly he was out of action for an extended period last season.

Celtic defender and midfielder Charlie Mulgrew told the club’s website that it was his own fault he struggled with a hamstring problem last season.

The 29-year-old has admitted that he pushed himself too hard, causing a problem to develop after he was injured when playing for the Bhoys in a match against Partick just before Christmas.

The injury saw him confined to watching from the sidelines as the team pushed on to secure a double under Ronny Deila in the Norwegian’s first season at Parkhead.

“I injured a hamstring tendon behind my knee and it actually happened during the Partick Thistle match on December 3. From there I was out for six weeks but I came back too soon, which was my fault, and I ended up tearing it and being out for five months,” he said.

“I set myself back and ended up not being able to recover from it - It was very frustrating. You want to be involved in big games but when you’ve been injured for that long you want to be involved in everything.”

Mulgrew returned to the Celtic side before the end of last season and his challenge will now be to keep himself fit and healthy over the course of the summer.

He’s a very experienced player and someone who could prove to be crucial to the midfield under Deila next season.

However, he faces a real challenge for a starting place if he wants to feature as a central midfielder next season with the likes of Scott Brown, Nir Bitton and Stefan Johansen all ahead of him in the pecking order.

He could slot into a position along the back four and Deila needs to decide the best position for him to focus on, with a defensive role tempting if the Bhoys lose more than one defensive player over the summer.

Regardless of where he’s used next season, it’s undoubtedly a positive that he’s back.

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