John Hartson says this Celtic player is as good as Manchester City duo

John Hartson says that Celtic defender Charlie Mulgrew is as good as Manchester City duo Eliaquim Mangala and Martin Demichelis.

John Hartson has suggested in The Scottish Sun that Celtic should hand Charlie Mulgrew a new contract.

Mulgrew has been on the books of Celtic since 2010, but his current contract runs out at the end of the season.

The 30-year-old Scotland international, who can play as a centre-back, left-back or central midfielder, has suffered with injury problems in recent years, but he remains a very good player.

Former Celtic striker Hartson has claimed that the Scottish Premiership giants should hand Mulgrew a new deal.

The former Wales international has also stated that the ex-Aberdeen man is as good as Manchester City duo Eliaquim Mangala and Martin Demichelis.

“Don’t get me wrong, what Mulgrew does is entirely down to him,” Hartson wrote in The Scottish Sun. “I’d never dream of telling a professional footballer how he should be doing things when it comes to contracts. That’s his business and no one else’s. But, from Celtic’s perspective, I’m slightly surprised they haven’t nipped this situation in the bud before now.

"Mulgrew isn’t a young, up and coming player who is going to be worth a few million in a couple of years’ time. His resale value is virtually nil. But right now, as things stand, he’s one of the biggest assets in that Celtic dressing room.”

“Listen, he’s not going to have his pick of top-end Premiership clubs like Manchester United, Liverpool or Chelsea,” added the Welshman while discussing the quality of Mulgrew. “But, at the same time, he’s just as good as the likes of Eliaquim Mangala and Martin Demichelis at Manchester City. I’d go as far as to say he’s not any worse than Virgil van Dijk — and he’s cruised into the Southampton side.”

Celtic are at the top of the Scottish Premiership table at the moment with 69 points from 30 matches. Ronny Deila’s side are four points clear of second-placed Aberdeen and have a game in hand.

The Glasgow giants will return to action this afternoon when they take on Heart of Midlothian at Celtic Park in the Scottish Premiership.

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