Mulgrew maintains Scottish hope

Celtic stopper still keen on international role

Charlie Mulgrew: Hopeful of earning international call with Scotland

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Charlie Mulgrew admits he is still desperate to play for his country.

The Bhoys defender, at home at left-back or central defence, has yet to play for the Scotland senior side after been a regular at youth level.

The 25-year-old, who has denied that he is eligible to play for USA, remains hopeful he can force his way into Craig Levein's plans.

Mulgrew was watching as he saw Scotland's Euro 2012 dreams disappear on Tuesday as they lost 3-1 to win, with Czech Republic claiming a play-off spot.

"Every player wants to play for their country," said the former Scotland Under-21 player.

"Watching the game last night and the Liechtenstein game I'm desperate to be involved for my country.

"Craig Levein will do what's right for Scotland and I'll keep trying to play and play well.

"I think Spain is the hardest place to go so it was always going to be a difficult game, not having a lot of the ball.

"But I think Liechtenstein was a good performance and we've got a lot of good players there.

"Scotland are definitely heading in the right direction and I would like to be a part of it."