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Friends reunited

3 September 2016

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Anthony Stokes is delighted to welcome one of his former team-mates to the club.

The Republic of Ireland international has been reunited with Charlie Mulgrew after the Scot put pen-to-paper on a three-year deal at Ewood Park.

The two players have both spent the past six seasons on the books of Scottish giants Celtic, where they won a host of titles during a period of domestic dominance.

Stokes, who has scored three goals for the club since joining in June, believes Rovers have recruited a player with immense quality and one who will be a valuable addition to the team. 

“I think it’s a great signing for the club,” said Stokes. “He’s been at Celtic for a long time, I played with him up there for about four or five years and he has a lot of quality.

“He can play in a lot of different positions, so like I said, it’s a great acquisition for the team and for the squad.

“Charlie’s got a bit of everything I think. The one thing I noticed about him is he puts it in every day. He really does work hard. 

“He’s got one of the best left foots around, both from set-pieces and on the ball, so he’s going to bring a lot of quality to the team. As an all-round player, I genuinely think it’s a great addition.”

With over 200 appearances for Celtic and 24 caps for his country under his belt, Mulgrew is certainly not short of big-game experience and Stokes believes that will be of great benefit to the group.

“He’s a Scottish international, he’s played for Scotland for a number of years, he’s been playing Champions League games and Europa League games with Celtic, so the experience is all there and he’s at a good age,” added the 28-year-old striker.

“I’m just surprised that Celtic didn’t keep him to be honest.

“He’s a good lad. He’s lively and he’ll keep the boys on their toes in the dressing room, but he’s a top pro as well, so I think there’s a good balance with him.”

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