Mulgrew wants Celtic to kick on

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Celtic defender Charlie Mulgrew hopes their recent habit of emerging from tricky situations can kick-start a winning run while answering questions about the team's mentality.

Mulgrew kept Celtic 10 points behind Clydesdale Bank Premier League leaders Rangers for the second successive week when he netted a 72nd-minute winner against Aberdeen on Sunday. The stand-in captain also scrambled a late equaliser at Rugby Park the previous weekend to complete Celtic's comeback from a three-goal half-time deficit.

"It gives you more belief to come back when the chips are down a wee bit," said Mulgrew. "Maybe that's a question that has been asked of us a wee bit this year. It was good to come back and win. The main thing is winning here and we will all be concentrating on that no matter how it comes."

Celtic's mental strength was questioned in some quarters after their second-half collapse at Ibrox in September, when a 2-1 interval lead was blown away by three Rangers goals.

The defeat came amid a 13-game run where Celtic won just four times, but Mulgrew hopes their recent comebacks have gone some way to answering criticism about their character.

"Hopefully we have but we don't concentrate on the critics," the 25-year-old said. "We just concentrate on ourselves and hopefully we can keep winning, no matter how we do it.

"It would be great to get performances but if we can go on a wee run now, that would be great. It was massive, as every game will be from now to the end of the season. There is always pressure to win every game and sometimes it's not always going to be pretty."

Mulgrew, whose team face Hibernian in the Scottish Communities League Cup quarter-finals at Easter Road on Wednesday, continued at centre-back against the Dons, where he has been a mainstay in recent weeks after being utilised in midfield and at left-back.

But the former Wolves and Aberdeen player is not concerned with securing the specific position in the long term.

"I don't want to sit here and say that's where I'm going to play because I could be somewhere else in another game," he said. "Wherever the manager plays me I'll give 100% and do my best in that position. I'm reasonably pleased with the way I've been playing but the most important thing is the team and winning as many games as we can."

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