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Boss: I've spoken to Scotland about Charlie

Tony Mowbray says he's delighted for first-team regulars Mulgrew, Evans, Lenihan and Williams, but wants his captain to be ready for Bradford

20 March 2018

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Rovers manager Tony Mowbray says his players are deserving of their international call-ups, and reveals he's spoken to Scotland about Charlie Mulgrew's involvement.

Mulgrew and Scotland host Costa Rica on Friday before travelling to Budapest to face Hungary next Tuesday night, just 48 hours before Rovers' league clash against Bradford. 

Meanwhile, defendive duo Darragh Lenihan and Derrick Williams are in the full Ireland squad, Corry Evans will represent Northern Ireland and Jayson Leutwiler will feature for Canada.

And while Mowbray is pleased for his players, it's the timing of Scotland's fixtures which is causing some concern.

“I’ve had those conversations with Scotland, that’s my job. When the squads and fixtures were announced, that was the first call I made," he told reporters.

“The Scotland management team know my thoughts but Alex McLeish is in a new job and he has two big games. 

"I saw other managers complaining about Friday night games but I was just making Alex aware that we’re playing on the Thursday, never mind Friday.

“I wasn’t making any demands, I was just making them aware of the situation.

"They have two big games but, without picking his team for him, I wanted to make him aware of how important Mulgrew is to us. 

“To say we’ve got players of international quality, it shows the club have supported us.

"Charlie hasn’t just emerged into an international footballer, he’s been around for a while now, as has Corry Evans.

“It’s great for Darragh and Derrick to be called up for Ireland as well.

"Darragh has come back in and has been a man mountain, and Derrick has been consistent all season, so they deserve that recognition.

“It shows that they’re there or there abouts for international recognition.

"The focus will still be on getting the job done at club level and doing as well as we can in these last nine games. We want to win them all."

As always, we will keep you up-to-date with the progress of Rovers' international players throughout the break.

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