Charlie Mulgrew

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Charlie Mulgrew
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Personal information
Full name Charles Patrick Mulgrew
Date of birth (1986-03-06) 6 March 1986 (age 28)
Place of birth Glasgow, Scotland
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Centre back / left back / central midfielder
Club information
Current team
Celtic
Number 21
Youth career
?–2002 Celtic
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2006 Celtic 0 (0)
2006 Dundee United (loan) 13 (2)
2006–2008 Wolverhampton Wanderers 6 (0)
2008 Southend United (loan) 18 (1)
2008–2010 Aberdeen 72 (9)
2010– Celtic 118 (19)
National team
2007–2008 Scotland U21 11 (2)
2012– Scotland 16 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22 November 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 19 November 2014

Charles Patrick "Charlie" Mulgrew (born 6 March 1986) is a Scottish international footballer who plays as a central midfielder, centre back or left back for Scottish Premiership club Celtic.

Mulgrew is known for his versatility, free kick and crossing abilities.[1]

Early life[edit]

Mulgrew grew up in Kirkintilloch and attended Holy Family Primary School, as well as St Ninian's High School, both in Kirkintilloch.[2]

Club career[edit]

Celtic[edit]

Having progressed through Celtic's youth system, Mulgrew turned professional in July 2002. Originally playing at centre back, he was soon encouraged to switch to left back due to the shortage of left backs at the club.

Dundee United[edit]

In order for him to gain competitive experience, in January 2006 Mulgrew was loaned out to fellow SPL side Dundee United for the remainder of the 2005–06 season.[3] A successful spell at Tannadice saw him feature regularly, scoring twice (both free kicks)[4] in 14 appearances[5] and being named SPL Young Player of the Month for February.[6] He then returned to Celtic hoping to force his way into first team contention, but was transferred to Wolverhampton Wanderers shortly thereafter without ever appearing for the Celtic first team.[7]

Wolverhampton Wanderers[edit]

Mulgrew joined Wolves in part exchange for left back Lee Naylor on 23 August 2006.[8] He made his debut for the club on 10 September in a 1–0 win at Leeds United.[9] However, injury kept him out of most of the campaign and he was unable to force his way back into first team contention afterwards.[5]

Southend United[edit]

Mulgrew was loaned out to English League One side Southend United at the end of the January transfer window for the remainder of the 2007–08 season,[10] which saw the club lose in the play-offs to Doncaster Rovers.[11] He scored his only goal for the club against Carlisle United.[12]

Aberdeen[edit]

Mulgrew was due to join Swindon Town in July 2008 for a fee of approximately £150,000, but pulled out of the move.[13] He eventually left for Aberdeen on 15 July 2008, where he signed a two-year deal,[14] moving for an undisclosed fee.[15]

Mulgrew scored the only goal against Motherwell at Fir Park on 16 August 2008 with a left footed free kick, in his second competitive match for Aberdeen.[16] He scored two goals, a volley and a free kick,[17] against Celtic in a 3–2 defeat on 27 September 2008.[18]

On 16 May 2009, during the penultimate league match of the 2008–09 season at Ibrox Stadium against Rangers, Mulgrew and Rangers' Kyle Lafferty were at the centre of controversy. As Mulgrew made a clearance from his own half, Lafferty made a sliding tackle on him. Both players squared up to each other and Lafferty fell to the ground clutching his face as though he had been headbutted. Referee Stuart Dougal sent Mulgrew off for violent conduct, but television pictures clearly showed that Mulgrew had not made clear contact with Lafferty.[19] Lafferty was seen to wink to a team-mate after Mulgrew had left the field.[20][21] Mulgrew later had his red card rescinded and Lafferty was given a two-month suspension.[22]

In October 2009, Mulgrew was offered a new contract by Aberdeen,[23] but he rejected the deal and left the club at the end of the 2009–10 season.[24]

In 83 games for The Dons, Mulgrew scored 10 goals,[25] including a string of free kicks.[26]

Return to Celtic[edit]

Mulgrew playing for Celtic in 2012

On 1 July 2010, Mulgrew returned to Celtic on a three-year deal, becoming new manager Neil Lennon's first signing.[27] On 2 January 2011, having played only a handful of games, he played against Rangers in a 2–0 win at Ibrox on the left wing. Mulgrew excelled as Celtic comfortably won 2–0.[28] On 29 January, he deputised for Daniel Majstorović at centre back against former team Aberdeen in a 4–1 League Cup semi-final win at Hampden Park. He scored his first goal for Celtic in that game, nodding home Kris Commons' corner from close range.[29] Mulgrew became a regular in the centre of defence alongside Majstorović.[30] In the Scottish Cup semi-final on 17 April, he scored his second goal for Celtic from a long-range free kick. Like his first goal, it was at Hampden Park and against Aberdeen.[31] On 21 May, Mulgrew kept up the trend of scoring at Hampden by netting in the final against Motherwell. He scored the final goal of Celtic's 3–0 win with a free kick into the top corner, and helped earn him his first medal in football.[32]

On 25 August 2011, Mulgrew continued his set piece record by scoring a free kick in Celtic's 1–3 defeat to Sion in their second leg UEFA Europa League qualifier.[33] The following day, Mulgrew signed a contract extension at Celtic to keep him at the club until at least 2015.[34] On 17 September 2011 he was sent off against Rangers for a second bookable offence, a challenge on Steven Davis.[35] Mulgrew scored his first SPL goal for Celtic on 15 October 2011, a headed equaliser at Rugby Park as Celtic came back from 3–0 down to draw 3–3 with Kilmarnock.[36] On 7 April 2012, Celtic beat Kilmarnock at Rugby Park to confirm them as Scottish Premier League champions. Mulgrew scored two and set up two in the 6–0 win.[37] On 29 April 2012, he scored Celtic's first goal in a 3–0 victory over Rangers.[38] Mulgrew's performances won him the SPL,[39] Players'[40] and writers' player of the year awards for 2011–12.[41] He also picked up Celtic's Player of the Year and Player's Player of the Year awards.[42][43]

On 21 July 2012 Mulgrew was sent off for a deliberate handball in a pre-season friendly against Ajax at the Amsterdam ArenA.[44] As a result he missed Celtic's opening 2012–13 SPL game with his former club Aberdeen.

On 1 August 2012, Mulgrew scored the winning goal in Celtic's 2–1 victory against HJK Helsinki in the first leg of the Champions League Third Qualifying Round.[45]

International career[edit]

Mulgrew has represented Scotland at all levels up to and including senior international level.[46][47]

In June 2011, Mulgrew stated that he would consider playing for the United States, whom he was qualified to play for due to an American-born grandmother, if he was continually overlooked for Scotland. In February 2012, Scotland manager Craig Levein handed Mulgrew his first call-up to the senior squad,[47] and he made his international debut on 29 February starting at left back in a 1–1 draw with Slovenia.[48] He also played in a 5–1 defeat to the USA in Florida in May 2012.[49] Mulgrew played in the 2–1 away win over Macedonia in September 2013.

On 7 September 2014, as Scotland began their Euro 2016 qualification with a 2–1 defeat away to Germany, Mulgrew was sent off in stoppage time.[50]

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Scotland's goal tally first.
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 6 February 2013 Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen, Scotland  Estonia
1–0
1–0
Friendly
2. 28 May 2014 Craven Cottage, London, England  Nigeria
1–0
2–2
Friendly

Personal life[edit]

Mulgrew's cousin is Canadian lacrosse player Sean Greenhalgh, who plays for the Buffalo Bandits in the National Lacrosse League.[2] Mulgrew married Alana in 2013 and has two sons josh and Jacob.[51] Mulgrew has two sons, Josh[52] and Jacob.[53]

In December 2010, Mulgrew and girlfriend Alana were questioned by Strathclyde Police after businesswoman Michelle Mone alerted them when she saw Mulgrew's child left alone in a car in freezing temperatures.[54] The couple were charged with child neglect,[55] although charges were later dropped due to a lack of evidence.[56]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 22 November 2014[57]
Club Season League Cup League Cup Europe Total
App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals
Dundee Utd 2005–06 13 2 1 0 - - - - 14 2
Total 13 2 1 0 - - - - 14 2
Wolves 2006–07 6 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 7 0
2007–08 0 0 0 0 2 0 - - 2 0
Total 6 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 9 0
Southend 2007–08 18 1 - - - - 2 0 20 1
Total 18 1 - - - - 2 0 20 1
Aberdeen 2008–09 35 5 4 0 2 0 - - 41 5
2009–10 37 4 1 0 2 0 2 1 42 5
Total 72 9 5 0 4 0 2 1 83 10
Celtic 2010–11 23 0 6 2 4 1 2 0 35 3
2011–12 30 8 4 0 3 0 7 1 44 9
2012–13 30 5 4 1 3 2 12 1 49 9
2013–14 28 6 1 0 1 0 10 0 40 6
2014–15 7 0 0 0 1 0 8 0 16 0
Total 118 19 15 3 12 3 39 2 184 27
Career Total 227 31 21 3 18 3 44 3 311 40

Honours[edit]

Celtic
Personal

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b "Famous Ex-Pupils". St Ninian's High School. Retrieved 4 July 2012. 
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  15. ^ Mulgrew Moves On Wolverhampton Wanderers, 15 July 2008
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  17. ^ Jan steals in at the last The Observer, 28 September 2008
  18. ^ Aberdeen sunk by subs Times Online, 28 September 2008 (subscription required)
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  48. ^ "Slovenia v Scotland". BBC Sport. 29 February 2012. Retrieved 8 March 2012. 
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  53. ^ "Celtic star Charlie Mulgrew wants Europa League glory as tribute to his late father". Daily Record (Media Scotland). 15 December 2011. Retrieved 4 July 2012. 
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