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Charlie a credit to the club, says Mowbray

The boss hails his skipper's leadership and human qualities ahead of milestone game

23 November 2017

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Ahead of Charlie Mulgrew's potential 50th appearance for the club this weekend against Bristol Rovers, Tony Mowbray has heaped praise on his captain ahead of the landmark.

Signed in the summer of 2016 on a free transfer, Mulgrew's been a key cog in the Rovers engine ever since and almost an ever-present for Rovers this term.

And Mowbray is delighted to have the Scottish international at the heart of his backline, admitting the 31-year-old sets an example both on and off the pitch.

"Both as a footbaler and a man, Charlie Mulgrew is a very impressive individual," Tony told iFollow.

"He's someone I knew well from my time in Scotland a few years back. His qualities as a player are second to none, they're there for all to see. He brings human and leadership qualities to the job, leads the team with his voice and mannerisms and takes control of certain situations, as we saw at Oxford.

"I hope we are successful for the likes of Charlie. He trains every day as if it's his last day.

"If you are going to try and control the game, I believe Charlie has that level of composure from the back. We utilised Charlie's left foot last season with Sam Gallagher, which worked well for us at times. His left foot can do a lot of damage from set pieces and in open play."

And for Mowbray, he reckons a fit and helthy Mulgrew is crucial to Rovers' promotion hopes this term, believing his skipper is good enough to be back playing at a higher level - hopefully with Blackburn.

"We're delighted he's with us," Mowbray said.

"We need to keep him fit, motivated - which he is anyway - and to keep the likes of Mulgrew we need promotion. For me his talent exceeds League One level.

"Let's keep Charlie going and the points will keep totting up."

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