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Scotland boss Gordon Strachan hails 'absolutely outstanding' Celtic star Charlie Mulgrew

The Celtic utility man has been out of action for five months in 2014-15.

It has not been an easy campaign for Charlie Mulgrew at Celtic. The former Aberdeen defender ended playing just 24 games for the club this season and missed five months of the season from December to May with a hamstring tendon problem.

He returned to action with games against St Johnstone and Inverness at the end of May , but didn't play 90 minutes of either game.

Last night however he did get the full 90, as he started and finished for Scotland against Qatar.

Scotland won the game 1-0 thanks to a goal from Matt Ritchie, but Mulgrew's performance caught the eye because of his lengthy lay-off. He played at centre-back and after the game received a glowing reference from his national team manager Gordon Strachan.

The former Celtic boss said of Mulgrew's performance, as quoted by The Irish Independent:

"I just thought Charlie was outstanding, absolutely outstanding. We have got choices at centre-back, but Charlie was excellent there. He can play in many positions as you know."

Celtic fans will obviously be pleased to see him in good form. The club needs a player like Mulgrew, who can do a good job in so many positions across the park.

Getting 90 minutes under his belt will be a big boos to his confidence and byt the start of next season Celtic will have to have Mulgrew back in action.

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