Mulgrew hopes to start for Scotland

11 June 2015 10:42:08 EST

Celtic's Charlie Mulgrew says he is ready to start Scotland's key Euro 2016 qualifying match against the Republic of Ireland.

The versatile player has been out injured since damaging a hamstring tendon in December and only came back with a couple of substitute appearances for his club in May as they secured the SPL title.

It will be a typical British game, I would imagine.

Charlie Mulgrew

However, he did play in Scotland's friendly last week against Qatar and insists he is ready if Gordon Strachan decides to pick him.

Speaking about the prospect of playing and his versatility which has seen him, at various times, appear in central defence, left-back and midfield, Mulgrew said: "There's real competition for places in the squad, so to be playing anywhere would be an honour.

"People have said before that maybe it's best to settle on one position but I enjoy moving about and I'm happy to do a job wherever I'm asked to play.

"It's a positive. It gives me more chance of getting on the pitch."

Strachan said that Mulgrew had been the best player on the pitch when the teams met in Glasgow late last year, a game that was decided by a Shaun Maloney goal in the 74th minute.

Mulgrew said he expected Saturday's game in Dublin to be a similar contest, adding: "The last game was very physical and we expect the same. They have a lot of physical players but we've got players that can do that as well.

"It will be a typical British game, I would imagine."

The importance of the game in Dublin is demonstrated by a glance at the Group D table. With all teams having played five games, it is very tight with Poland top on 11 points, Scotland and Germany both have 10 and the Republic of Ireland are two points further back.

After the game in Dublin, Scotland will not be back in Euro 2016 action until September when they play games away to Georgia and at home to world champions Germany.

The Germans are 1/1 to win the tournament in France next summer. Defending champions Spain are 1/1 and England are priced at 1/1.

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