Mulgrew joy at Scotland call

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Charlie Mulgrew

Celtic defender Charlie Mulgrew revealed his delight at finally getting a call-up for Scotland for next week's friendly in Slovenia.

The former Scotland Under-21 player has been in fine form this season and only injury prevented him from getting his chance in November's friendly in Cyprus. However, the 25-year-old finally completed his journey to the top team when Craig Levein confirmed his inclusion at Hampden.

Mulgrew told Celtic's official website: "I've had a phone call before when I was injured so this is the first squad I've been in. I'm delighted. It's an honour to be called up for your country and I'm very pleased."

He added: "I always had hopes that I could get back to this level and play for Scotland but you just need to keep your head down and keep believing in yourself.

"Thankfully I did that and I'm just glad to get the opportunity. I have just been getting on with my business at Celtic, making sure that we have done our best to pick up three points every week and placing Scotland to the back of my mind.

"It has come up today and I'm delighted."

Levein pointed out the benefits of Mulgrew's versatility and the former Aberdeen player, who has played left-back, left midfield and centre-back for the Hoops this season, has no preference as to where he wins his first cap.

"It's up to Craig Levein, wherever he has in mind, I'll be happy to do a job," he said.

"I would be happy to play anywhere, wherever the manager sees me. I'm just happy to be in the squad and I'll enjoy every minute of it."

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