Speaking exclusively to the official Celtic website, Stuart Armstrong has paid tribute to Brendan Rodgers for revitalise his career at the Hoops.
Stuart Armstrong was going nowhere fast at Celtic prior to Rodgers arrival in Glasgow but almost one season on looks indispensable to the current team. He was on the scoresheet just two days ago, netting a vital derby goal to help his side earn a point against visiting Rangers.
That form has earned him a Scotland call-up and he’s on the verge of receiving his first international cap for Scotland in the upcoming international break.
He’s now hailed his manager for bringing his career at Celtic back from the brink.
As quoted by the official Celtic website, Armstrong said:
Since he came in, we had the initial conversation at the start of the season and how he wanted me to go about my business at Celtic. That really spurred me on and gave me a great platform and opportunity to work my way into the side and play in my favoured position. I owe him a lot for reigniting my career at Celtic.
It’s more proof that Rodgers’ man management is second to none, having brought a number of players through tough periods to produce some of the best form of his career.
Armstrong is one of five Celtic players to reach double figures in terms of goals this season, racking up 11 from central midfield. That’s a testament to his desire to impact games and commit himself into the final third, something that Gordon Strachan could certainly use at international level.
With 5 assists too, he’s shown he’s a team player, not just a goalscorer and has combined marvellously with fellow Scotland internationals like Scott Brown, James Forrest, Leigh Griffths and Kieran Tierney all season.
Despite having no experience for his country, the upcoming international window is a great opportunity to give him that chance and you’d be foolish to think he can’t shine for the Tartan Army.