Former Celtic player and manager Davie Hay told the Glasgow Evening Times why he wasn’t surprised to see Charlie Mulgrew playing at left-back against FC Stjarnan earlier this week.
The versatile star was utilised on the left hand side of Celtic’s defence for the Champions League qualifier last Wednesday, which may have been a slight surprised to some fans considering the importance of the match.
However, Hay has argued that the reliability of Ronny Deila’s central midfield options gave the manager the luxury of being able to use Mulgrew across his back four.
“I have to say that I wasn’t overly surprised to see Charlie Mulgrew slot in at left-back in Iceland this week,” Hay told the Glasgow Evening Times.
“I actually think that decision has been made easier for Ronny Deila because of the partnership of Nir Bitton, Scott Brown and Stefan Johansen in the middle of the park.”
A quality evident in Mulgrew
What Hay’s comments show is the versatility that Mulgrew has which is undoubtedly a positive for him on a personal level.
It’s a positive because it creates more opportunities for him to feature in the first team, whether he’s sticking to that left-back role or whether he will eventually move a bit further forward to play a holding midfield role.
He’s experienced and he’s a professional and what it boils down to is the idea that he will adapt and give everything for the Bhoys, regardless of where he’s asked to play.
Continuity in midfield
What the comments also show is that the trio of Scott Brown, Nir Bitton and Stefan Johansen have maintained the form they showed last season, through to the current period in pre-season ahead of the return of the Scottish Premiership.
That’s undoubtedly a positive for the club as they look to build on the double they won last time round.