Charlie Mulgrew hits back at critics who claim Celtic's season has been a failure
Charlie Mulgrew has hit back at critics who claim Celtic's season has been a failure.
Last Updated: 14/02/14 6:59pm
The Hoops suffered a shock reverse to Championship club Morton in the League Cup last September, and were eliminated by in-form Aberdeen from the Scottish Cup last weekend.
But Celtic manager Neil Lennon is almost certain to achieve his priorities from the start of the campaign in retaining the league title and having taken the team into the Champions League for a second successive season.
While Mulgrew concedes the season has provided several low points, the 27-year-old believes Celtic's league form has been excellent.
Mulgrew said: "I don't think the season has been a failure. Let's not forget that we played in the Champions League this year, which is a massive achievement for this club.
"I know we qualified for the last 16 the year before but this time it was always going to be difficult with the group we were in. We believed we could do it but it wasn't to be in the end.
"But you have got to see it as an achievement because there is still three qualifiers to get there.
"Fair enough, we have had disappointments in the cups but our league form has been very good. I think it's been a good season overall."
Lennon's team have not lost a league game since April last year, but Mulgrew is playing down talk of going through the remainder of the current campaign undefeated.
"We're not speaking about that too much," Mulgrew added. "It's hard to ignore the fact we could go the season unbeaten is a possibility because people keep mentioning it.
"But we are just taking each game as it comes and hopefully we can win the next one against St Johnstone.
"Maybe we need something to motivate us and to keep us going and the unbeaten run can do that for us. But at a club like Celtic, there is always pressure on us, even in friendlies.
"The manager would never let us get complacent. He keeps on top of us and demands high standards."