Mulgrew sad to miss treble

Defender wanted triple success with Hoops

Charlie Mulgrew: Was disappointed to miss out on treble with Celtic

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Celtic defender Charlie Mulgrew admits he was disappointed to lose out on a domestic treble with the Hoops despite his individual success this season.

The 26-year-old defender picked up his PFA Scotland player of the year award at Lennoxtown on Tuesday, an accolade already received from the Celtic players and Hoops supporters.

Mulgrew, who won his first Scotland cap in the friendly against Slovenia in February, will collect a player of the year award on Tuesday night from the sponsors of the Scottish Premier League and from the Scottish Football Writers' Association on Sunday.

The former Wolves and Aberdeen player admits it will be "a great day" when he gets his hands on the SPL trophy on Sunday after the last game of the season against Hearts at Celtic Park, but he cannot help but look back at the two cup competitions that got away.

The Parkhead side looked on course for the treble before coming unstuck against Kilmarnock in the Scottish Communities League Cup final at Hampden in March before losing to Hearts in the Scottish Cup semi-final at the national stadium last month.

"Obviously winning the cups would have been nice after getting to a semi-final and final," said Mulgrew.

"But we would have taken winning the league at the start of the season.

Positives

"We'll just need to look at the positives and look to improve next year again.

"It's a great feeling to be voted for by your fellow professionals and to win these awards is brilliant but the most important thing is we won the league.

"It's a team game and as a team we won that and we're delighted."

Asked if the PFA trophy was the pinnacle of the individual awards available to players, he said: "Yeah I would say so. When the players you play against vote for you it's a real honour.

"To get any award is an honour but to get that one, it really tops it off.

"Every season I look to improve, as a team and individually, so next year, hopefully, I can do better again."