Charlie Mulgrew could once again be set to miss out on a Celtic Park return this weekend

By David Walton

January 27, 2022

Former Celtic centre-back Charlie Mulgrew could once again be about to miss out on his big Parkhead return with Dundee United this week.

Mulgrew spent 6 years as a Celtic player after being signed by Neil Lennon in the summer of 2010. He would go to become a fan-favourite, winning 7 honours and making over 200 appearances for the club [Transfermarkt].

Since leaving Glasgow in the summer of 2016, Charlie has yet to return as an opposition player. Spells with Blackburn, Wigan, and Fleetwood Town kept him down south before a move to Dundee United came up for him last summer.

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And Charlie would miss out on the previous meeting between the sides at Parkhead back in September due to a muscle injury [Four Four Two]. Unfortunately, the same looks set to happen this weekend too when Tam Courts’ men return to Glasgow.

The United manager has been addressing Mulgrew’s situation ahead of Saturday’s game, and it’s fair to say it doesn’t sound great. Speaking via the Courier, Courts said: “We are waiting on scan results on Charlie. He’s been nursing a muscular injury and we need to protect him.”

Mulgrew has been a stalwart for the Tannadice men this season, making 26 appearances and regularly with the captain’s armband [Transfermarkt].

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Charlie Mulgrew deserves his Celtic Park welcome

It doesn’t sound great even if Courts is still waiting on results of a scan. The fact he says that he needs to protect the player, which he’s spot on about, suggests there’s next to no chance he’ll be playing at Celtic Park this weekend.

That would be a shame. Whilst Mulgrew did feature in our 3-0 Tannadice win in December, it wouldn’t be the same experience for him as running out in front of a packed Celtic Park once again.

Whilst he’ll likely get his chance next season should he stay on Tayside, you can’t help but bemoan his luck. Especially when you consider that, if he misses Saturday, 2 of the 3 games he’ll have been injured for this season will be Celtic away.

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Even today, Charlie is still well-liked by the Celtic support. Being a fan that simply lived the dream of course helps that connection, but it’s mainly the fact that he gave his all for the club and played the game in an honest manner. Whether it be as a centre-back or left-back, Charlie was a fine servant to this football club.

It’s just disappointing he likely won’t be playing on Saturday. Instead, United will likely go with a centre-back pairing of Ryan Edwards and Calum Butcher. Courts certainly has the experience in his squad to deal with any Mulgrew setback. But even so it will still be a big loss.

Hopefully Charlie is back playing again soon and his muscle injury isn’t serious. And in the long-term, fingers crossed he’ll be back at Celtic Park getting the ovation he deserves.

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