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Rodgers wants international recognition for in-form Celtic star

By Will Butcher

Brendan Rodgers believes versatile star Stuart Armstrong’s form for Celtic is deserving of a Scotland call-up.

The midfielder scored Celtic’s only goal to go 13 points clear at the top of the Scottish Premiership on Friday night, as the Hoops secured a 1-0 win away at Kilmarnock.

In quotes published by the BBC, Rodgers claimed that the former Dundee United star’s form for the 47-time Scottish champions has warranted a call-up alongside the likes of Craig Gordon, Leigh Griffiths and James Forrest.

“It’s just a matter of time for Stuart – he’s got all the attributes,” Rodgers said. “He certainly has the technique to play at that level and you can see that wherever he plays on the field he’s always looking to score a goal.

“I don’t think there’s any doubt that he’s going to have the qualities for that level, but just let him develop at his own rate and see where it takes him.”

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Armstrong, 24, made his 18th league and cup appearance this term, with his third goal of the season coming just before half-time.

He had been playing second fiddle to Nir Bitton, but the Israel international’s poor form allowed Armstrong to take his place in Rodgers’ starting eleven alongside captain Scott Brown.

Celtic’s number 14 was signed in January 2015 and has since made a total of 64 appearances in all competitions for the Glasgow-based outfit, scoring nine goals in a green and white shirt.

Celtic next face Barcelona on Wednesday in the Champions League, with Armstrong expected to start alongside Brown once again.

In other Celtic news, David Moyes is set to challenge Celtic in the pursuit of this Europa League star.