Scotland national team manager Craig Levein feels that Charlie Mulgrew is 'ten times the player' he was a few years ago.

The 25-year old Celtic defender could make his international debut tonight when the Scots take on Slovenia in Koper tonight with Levein indicating that would not have been the case two years back.

"There are players - and I've worked with a lot of them - who improve as they get older," he said.

"I defy anybody to say Charlie is not ten times the player he was two years ago. That's just a fact.

"Two years ago, when I took this job, if you had asked me if Charlie Mulgrew would be one of the guys I would be considering to start a Scotland match I would have said no.

"Such is his improvement, and also his focus and concentration on doing a job for Celtic, he is now in this position. I'll be delighted to start him because he's improved tremendously.

"Celtic deserve credit - Neil Lennon in particular - for having great belief in him. It just shows what you can do when you have a manager who believes in you and when you are also determined to do well.

"Any player can improve at any age. I know that because I have seen it happen so many times in the past. I am really thrilled for Charlie because he's had to be patient to get in."

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