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Back for the battle after successful Scotland trip

31 March 2017

Charlie Mulgrew might not have had the luxury of a break this past fortnight, but he was proud to once more pull on the shirt for Scotland.

The Rovers defender played two full 90 minutes for his country in the draw with Canada and the win over Slovenia, and felt it was a perfect week for him.

"I enjoyed playing for Scotland, I always enjoy playing for my country," Mulgrew told Rovers PlayerHD.

"The first game was about a few players getting 90 minutes and getting the manager's ideas across to a few players that haven't been in the squad so that was successful.

"It showed going into Sunday's game when we played well, even though we managed to nick it in the end.

"The whole week was all about the second game, we knew that we had to get the win to keep us in race for the World Cup so we gave ourselves a chance to do that and we are delighted."

Now back in Lancashire, Mulgrew knows that the last eight games of the season are hugely important to Blackburn Rovers' season.

The club have two tough away matches coming up with Brighton first up this Saturday, before returning south to take on Reading on Tuesday night.

"They are massive," he added. "As every game has been since the new manager came in.

"They are a massive eight games for us, but as we say we'll take each game as it comes and that is the most important one.

"We are looking forward to Brighton on Saturday, it is a huge game, it is going to be difficult, but we are going to be up for it.

"I'm sure the manager will have us set up, prepared and ready to go there and get a result. We'll be doing all we can to do that.

"They've been picking up results and have been good at home, but in this league anybody can beat anybody, we've got a lot of belief in the squad that we can go there and cause them problems as well, but we have to be mindful that they are a good side."

Tickets for Saturday's match have now gone off sale. Why not listen to full 90-minute commentary online on Rovers PlayerHD. Our broadcast starts at approximately 2.45pm.

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