Blackburn Rovers boss Owen Coyle has revealed that his team had to beat off competition from a number of other clubs in order to secure the services of Charlie Mulgrew.

Mulgrew was a free agent after leaving Celtic at the end of last season and was captured by the Championsip side on a free transfer on deadline day, putting pen-to-paper to a three-year deal.

The Blackburn manager is impressed by the quality he has seen in the 30-year-old and believes that the player will bring with him experience of playing in Europe and help improve the performances of the team as a whole.

The 50-year-old also took time to speak about the challenges he and his side faced in securing the deal, with a number of clubs showing interest in securing the signature of the former Celtic man.

However, now that the deal has been secured, Coyle will count on Mulgrew's versatility and his height, which he believes will give Rovers strength in depth.  


"We are absolutely delighted, Charlie Mulgrew is a player that I've known for a number of years", Coyle told his club's official website.

"There's been a number of clubs who have been interested in trying to get him on board so we are delighted to bring him to the club

"He brings not only that level of experience and quality, but Charlie can play in a couple of different areas. He's a top player and I'm delighted to secure his signature.

"As flexible as he is, he's an outstanding player wherever he plays. I see him playing an important role for us, he has real leadership qualities, he has wonderful set-play delivery and he's a threat at 6' 3", so he has many fine attributes.

"He's a wonderful footballer, I really good type and a really good guy, and he gives us that strength in depth and quality that we need.

"Charlie had the choice of a number of clubs and that sends out a message to everybody that we are capable of signing very good players at the club."