While talking to the media ahead of Sunday’s Old Firm clash, Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers made an interesting revelation, which could have huge ramifications for the game.
The Hoops boss revealed, as reported by the Scottish Sun, that after three months out injured Hoops midfielder Stuart Armstrong has returned to the first-team squad.
The return of the 25-year-old – who hasn’t played since the last Old Firm derby in December – after a hernia operation presents Rodgers with a dilemma.
Normally you would think that the Hoops boss wouldn’t throw a player into a game without any recent game time, but he did this with centre-back Marvin Compper, who played in the Scottish Cup match against Morton last week without any prior game time.
Of course, there is a difference in playing against a Championship side and playing in an Old Firm game at Ibrox, but it shows that you can’t discount the possibility that Armstrong might play a part in the game.
The Scotland international has turned in some great performances against Rangers in recent matches, and scored twice against them last season, and has been a mainstay of the squad this season with 31 appearances.
It may well prove to be a gamble, but it wouldn’t be completely surprising if Armstrong plays a part in a match which the Hoops will want to win very badly.
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