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Calderwood: Charlie Mulgrew is an 'absolute dream' for Ronny Deila

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The former manager of Celtic star Charlie Mulgrew has no doubt over how important he is for Ronny Deila.

Former Aberdeen manager Jimmy Calderwood described Celtic star Charlie Mulgrew as an ‘absolute dream’ when talking about the player to the Glasgow Evening Times.

Calderwood managed Mulgrew when the pair were together at Aberdeen and he feels that the versatile defender and midfielder can be a key player under manager Ronny Deila next season.

Mulgrew struggled with injuries last season, but will definitely be an option for the Norwegian when the competitive action gets underway again, when the competitive action returns next month.

“Charlie is a wonderful lad. Tactically, he is very aware. He reads the game so well. That is why he can play in so many positions,” he said.

“It is an absolute dream to have a guy like that, as a manager. He has had a horrendous season which has been a shame.”

The fact that Mulgrew can play on either side of the defence, as well as through the middle, with the control to perform in midfield, means he’ll have more opportunities to feature for the Bhoys next season.

It’s important that he works hard to stay fit and doesn’t allow his head to drop if he’s not quite as sharp as he’ll be hoping for when pre-season gets underway.

It’s also important that Deila doesn’t tinker with him too much in the team and gives him an opportunity to perform in a specific role.

He does have that ability to cover but his chances of being more consistent will be higher if he’s given the chance to master a specific role.

Mulgrew’s experience next season is also going to be vital as the club chase a domestic treble, while also looking to compete in the Champions League group stages and he’s someone the gaffer definitely won’t overlook.

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