By Will Butcher
Charlie Mulgrew believes he is a better player at Blackburn Rovers than he ever was with Celtic after joining the Championship outfit in the summer.
Mulgrew, 31, has been an integral member of the Rovers side this season, after leaving Brendan Rodgers’ side on deadline day in the summer on a free transfer.
His form for Tony Mowbray’s side, which has coincided with a run of seven unbeaten games, has seen him gain a call-up to Gordon Strachan’s Scotland squad to face Canada and Slovenia.
The versatile defender told the Scotsman he made the right decision to join Blackburn, and claimed England’s second tier is a more demanding league than Scotland’s top flight.
“I’m enjoying the challenge, I’m enjoying playing different teams at big stadiums and a whole new challenge. We’ve also picked up recently, so I’m enjoying it [at Blackburn],” Mulgrew said.
““It’s a more demanding league [than the Scottish Premiership]. Every game is genuinely 50-50. I feel more prepared now; I’m a better player, more experienced. I feel it’s improved me.”
Relegation threatened Blackburn still remain in the Championship’s bottom three, but have given themselves every chance of escaping the drop, sitting just one point away from safety.
Before his move, Mulgrew was a regular in the 47-time Scottish champions’ side, making 208 appearances in all competitions, scoring 29 goals and supplying 34 assists.
The 24-time international’s time on Parkhead was a successful one, as he also picked up two Scottish Premiership titles and a Scottish Cup winners’ medal.
However, Mulgrew believes he is a better player than he was at Celtic and will be hoping to help his country boost their chances of 2018 World Cup qualification with a win against Slovenia.
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