In his current form, Derrick Williams deserves to be playing week in, week out, according to Tony Mowbray.
Williams has started each of the last five games in blue-and-white, during which time the team has earned four victories, to haul Rovers comfortably into mid-table in the Championship.
With Charlie Mulgrew waiting in the wings for the centre half spot, Mowbray insists Williams is playing so well he simply cannot be ignored.
And although it's tough on the skipper, the boss says Mulgrew accepts the scenario.
“Charlie’s an experienced player and understands the situation," Tony said when asked about Williams' place in the side.
"Derrick Williams was probably our most effective player at Norwich and put in some really good last ditch tackles and block.
“Derrick deserves to be in the team, a team that has picked up some good results in recent weeks.
“If Charlie was playing and the team was winning then he would have kept going in the team.
“But he’s an experienced pro and knows that Derrick deserves to be playing left centre half.
“He’s earned that through his excellent performance levels in the last few weeks."