Charlie Mulgrew signs new deal with the Champions
By: Paul Cuddihy on 05 Oct, 2012 10:23
CELTIC are delighted to announce that Charlie Mulgrew has signed a new deal with Celtic until summer 2016. And it caps a great week for the player, who played his part in the team’s magnificent 3-2 victory over Spartak Moscow in Moscow on Tuesday.
The 26-year-old, a product of the club’s Youth Academy, has been one of Celtic’s star performers since Neil Lennon brought him back to the club in 2010, and he was unanimously voted Scotland’s Player of the Year last season in every award up for grabs.
And the player, who has scored 14 goals in 92 appearances for the Hoops is delighted to have committed his future to the team he supports.
Speaking exclusively to the official Celtic website after signing the deal, Mulgrew said: “It’s good to get it signed and focus only on the football. Last year was a good one for me. I’ve been happy to be back. Things have been going well for me so hopefully that can continue.
“All the players here now understand what this club is all about, and for me, growing up as a Celtic fan, I understand fully what the fans expect here and hopefully we can deliver that.
“All the boys have a big drive and they’ve been here long enough to understand what the club is all about. It’s a massive club and there is a big pressure here, week in and week out, but everybody’s happy here.
“That’s what you’ve got to do at a club like Celtic – the fans expect things, they expect you to win games, so I know the expectation levels here and hopefully we can continue doing well and winning games for Celtic.
“It humbles me to hear them singing my name and getting behind the team. Everyone appreciates it and it helps us. I know it’s a cliché but they are the twelfth man at times and it really helps the team.”
The next test for Mulgrew and his team-mates will be an SPL match against Hearts at Celtic Park this Sunday, October 7 (KO: 12.45pm).
And there is a real determination within Neil Lennon’s side to keep their winning run going, not least because it will maintain their position at the top of the table.
“Confidence is high,” said Mulgrew. “It was a great win for us in Moscow and we need to continue that in our domestic form. It will be a hard game against Hearts. Their last SPL result wasn’t great, so they’ll be up for the game and we’ll need to be on our toes and up for it after our game on Tuesday.
“Hearts always give us a game, and playing here, with a good crowd behind us, they can drive us on to get the three points, which is important.
“We won the last game against Motherwell to go top of the league. We want to stay there so we have to keep winning and keep an eye on domestic football.”