Celtic 25-year-old delivers verdict on first-team role, vents his frustrations
By Matt Farr
Celtic midfielder Stuart Armstrong has admitted this season has been fantastic for his development after a frustrating campaign last term.
The 25-year-old has been a regular figure in the Celtic starting eleven under Brendan Rodgers this season, and has established himself as one of the club’s most consistent performers.
He has contributed 14 goals and seven assists from 43 appearances this season, having thrived in a new central midfield role.
Armstrong had been used frequently as a left-midfielder under previous Celtic manager Ronny Deila last season, earning just three appearances in a central role.
As quoted by the club’s official Twitter account on Tuesday, Armstrong delivered his verdict on his new role in the Celtic first-team, whilst venting his frustration from last season.
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He said: “Season has been big for me development-wise, learning and performance-wise. Last season was a frustrating one for me.
“Had the opportunity to play central midfield and managed to stay there. Been pleasing for me to play a role in this successful team.”
???? SA: "Had the opportunity to play central midfield and managed to stay there. Been pleasing for me to play a role in this successful team."
— Celtic Football Club (@celticfc) May 2, 2017
From his wide midfield role last season, Armstrong contributed just four goals and eight assists from 39 appearances in all competitions, proving that he has been more fruitful following his positional change.
The Scotland international has played looks set to cap off a remarkable season with Celtic this term by leading the club to a domestic treble, and an unbeaten record in all domestic competitions.
Celtic are just one win away from completing a treble, where they face off against rivals Aberdeen in the Scottish Cup Final at the end of May.
Armstrong moved to Celtic from Dundee United in February 2015, and his comments come after he was nominated for Scotland’s PFA Player of the Year award.
He is joined on the shortlist by Celtic team-mates Moussa Dembele and Scott Sinclair.
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