Football fans on social media have hailed Celtic star Stuart Armstrong for his performance against Costa Rica on Friday, but many have questioned the wisdom of the 25-year-old only playing for the last 42 minutes of the game.
The midfielder replaced Scott McTominay in the 58th minute of the match, which Scotland lost 1-0, and some supporters believe that he should have started the match, which was Scotland’s first match under new national team manager Alex McLeish.
Here are some of the best reactions to Armstrong’s performance from Twitter:
Stuart Armstrong best player on the park last night only played about 30 mins big eck knows his stuff eh🤮
— Marc gannon (@Marcgannon5) March 24, 2018
Stuart Armstrong is some player, plays with an energy and an urgency that will bring his team mates on
— Kevin Lyle (@lylek15) March 23, 2018
Stuart Armstrong has been excellent since coming on. Not that you'd know from Davie Provan. He's too busy obsessing over Andy Robertson 😡
— Gezza (@gerry_pearson) March 23, 2018
4. It was an experimental squad with plenty more 1st team players to come back.
5. Armstrong and McGregor made a difference when they came on.
— The Pundit (@ThePundit_) March 24, 2018
Andy Robertson excellent for Scotland tonight. Oli McBurnie has something to offer and McGregor/Armstrong made big difference to midfield. Lack of energy in first half bemusing.
— David Friel (@davidfriel81) March 23, 2018
You could tell that was the first time they had played together. Should have played Armstrong from the start. Someone in the middle who has actually played for Scotland. Matt Ritchie must leave his talent when he crosses the border
— Gerry McCafferty (@Gerry_McC) March 23, 2018
The consensus from the support seems to be that Scotland seemed to improve once Armstrong and his fellow Celt Callum McGregor came on, but that wasn’t enough to stop the Scots slipping to a defeat.
Armstrong isn’t long back from a hernia injury, which forced him to miss almost two months of the season. He made his return in a late substitute appearance in the 3-2 win over Rangers at Ibrox, and also came off the bench against Motherwell.
With the Hoops set for three games in a week when they return from the international break, it seems certain that Brendan Rodgers will soon hand Armstrong his first start of the year.
He may struggled with his form at times this season, but as he showed in a cameo for Scotland he can be a very influential player when he is on his game.
In other Celtic news, the Hoops are set to make three signings in the summer