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Charlie skippers Scotland for a second time

For the second time in a week, Rovers skipper Charlie Mulgrew captained his country

28 March 2018

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For the second time in five days, Charlie Mulgrew led his country out after being awarded the captain's armband by new boss Alex McLeish.

It was a night of mixed emotions in Hungary for Mulgrew, who saw his penalty saved by RB Leipzig goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi just five minutes before half time.

But Matt Phillips' strike three minutes after the break sealed a 1-0 win for McLeish's men in the friendly match in Budapest.

And speaking afterwards, 32-year-old Charlie said he was once again proud to lead his country.

“I took responsibility as captain at the penalty and unfortunately didn’t put it away so it was good that we got there in the end,” said Mulgrew to reporters after the game. “It was important after missing the penalty that we responded well and kept going at them.

“It’s been a real honour to be captain of my country. It’s been unexpected, but I was delighted to be asked and I’m always happy to stand up and take responsibility on.

“Scotland’s been my focus throughout these 10 days, now it’s Blackburn again. That’s how it works. I’m definitely available for the Peru and Mexico games if the manager picks me. I’m always available for Scotland.”

Charlie has now returned to Rovers and is in contention to play against Bradford City at Ewood Park on Thursday evening.

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