Stuart Armstrong ready to make the next step in his career

As reported by The Daily Record, Stuart Armstrong is set to miss tonight’s Scotland international against Canada. However he is in line to take a massive step in his career and win his first cap this weekend against Slovenia.

What’s the story?

Armstrong is having a fantastic season at Celtic, emerging as one of their most important players and arguably the best midfielder in the entire country right now.

Perhaps no surprise then that he’s attracting the attention of the national press, who are eagerly awaiting him turning out for Scotland for the first time.

However they’ll have to wait a little longer than this evening, with Scotland boss Gordon Strachan ruling him out of the friendly at Easter Road.

Quoted by The Daily Record, Strachan said:

Stuart won’t play on Wednesday. He’s playing really well at the moment. I would have no qualms putting him in against Slovenia. A lot of them are the same. You look at some areas of the team – midfield, out wide – and think, ‘Wow, that’s strong.’

While it sounds like he has some competition for a starting place this Sunday, the signs appear good that he’ll manage to win his first cap at 24 years of age.

Why the hype?

All the praise coming Stuart Armstrong’s way right now is fully deserved. Starting the season as a fringe player in the squad, he’s worked incredibly hard to force his way into Brendan Rodgers’ plans and stay there.

Key to it all was his insistence to get starts in a more central role, rather than being shunted out on the left hand side, primarily his position under Ronny Deila.

Since coming into the side last September he has scored an incredible 12 goals, but has shown much more to his game, often dominating the middle of the park domestically.

We doubt there’s another Scotland player in as good form right now, scoring three goals in his last four matches. He fully deserves a first cap and Scotland supporters as well as Celtic fans will be eagerly awaiting that this weekend.