Dundee United defender Charlie Mulgrew has insisted he will never close the door on a stunning return to the Scotland fold, two years after last pulling on the dark blue for his country.

The veteran made his last outing for Scotland against Russia in 2019 before being bombed out of the set-up in the aftermath of the 4-0 defeat early in Steve Clarke’s reign as manager.


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While Mulgrew has been impressing for the Terrors this season, the veteran still harbours ambitions of representing Scotland again and admitted that he will never call time on his international career.

Despite Clarke being responsible for leaving Mulgrew out in the international wilderness, the former Celtic, Aberdeen and Blackburn defender is adamant he “loves” working with Clarke but accepts his chances of a stunning recall are remote.

“What would it say about me if I said I didn’t want to be considered anymore? That’s just not me,” Mulgrew said.

“As long as I’m playing club football at a good level I’ll always be available for Scotland.

“It’s up to Steve Clarke to decide if he wants to select me, but I still have ambitions to play for my country.

“Scotland can tell me when they don’t need me. I’ll never tell Scotland that’s me done.


“My last cap was two years ago in a 4-0 defeat to Russia and that obviously wasn’t a great night.

“But I get on great with Steve and loved working with him.

“He’s got a few options at the moment defensively and the lads have done brilliantly. Long may that continue because I’m a big Scotland fan, apart from anything else.

“But I can’t lie, I still have ambitions to play.

Barring an injury crisis, it seems unlikely Mulgrew will be able to force his way back into the Scotland reckoning, and at 35 he’s not exactly got much time to get back in.

With the likes of Grant Hanley, Scott McKenna and Jack Hendry all ahead of Mulgrew, he’ll just have to make do with watching from the stands or on TV.

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