Wide boy Char­lie’s month of fun days

Midweek Sport - - THURSDAY MARCH 8 - By AN­GUS REID

CELTIC de­fender Char­lie Mul­grew has cel­e­brated his 26th birth­day by col­lect­ing the SPL player of the month award for Fe­bru­ary.

Mul­grew scored spec­tac­u­lar long-range strikes against Hibs and Dunfermline as Celtic ex­tended their win­ning run in the league to 17 games, be­fore draw­ing against Aberdeen in their first game in March.

Mul­grew joins man­ager Neil Len­non in win­ning a monthly award for Fe­bru­ary.

The for­mer Wolves and Aberdeen player – who started his ca­reer at Celtic – also won his first Scot­land cap in Fe­bru­ary, play­ing at left-back in the 1-1 draw in Slove­nia.

Hoops team-mate James For­rest played in front of him on the left flank and was amazed to dis­cover it was Mul­grew’s first call-up.

Shocked

For­rest said: “I think he was def­i­nitely up there with one of the best per­for­mances in the team.

“He played very well and I thought we had a lot of joy down our side. For his first cap I thought that he was ex­cel­lent.

“I was shocked to hear it was his first time in the squad as his per­for­mances in the last two sea­sons here have been qual­ity.

“He’s got a great left foot, he’s a good passer of the ball and a good de­fender and it’s ob­vi­ously good to have an­other home-grown Scot­tish boy play­ing in the team as well.

“Last sea­son he played re­ally well but this sea­son he has kicked on again and has just got bet­ter and bet­ter.”

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