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Celtic midfielder seems certain to return to starting line-up for clash v Rangers

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Celtic midfielder Stuart Armstrong was left out of the Hoops side which defeated Hamilton 2-1 on Sunday, but it seems certain that Brendan Rodgers will bring him back into the side for the upcoming Scottish Cup semi-final against Rangers.

Armstrong one of the Hoops’ star men last season, scoring 17 goals as the Hoops won their first domestic treble in 16 years.

Poor form and injuries have affected the 26-year-old this season, meaning that he has only scored five goals so far this season, but despite this he has been a mainstay of the Hoops side, making 37 appearances.

He was a first-pick in the side for most of the season, and only lost his place in the side because of a hernia operation.

Rodgers is likely to stick with the players who have brought him nothing but glory in his time as the Hoops for this game, which means starts for the likes of Craig Gordon and Scott Sinclair, but also for Armstrong.

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Despite not being at his best this season, on his day he can be one of the best players in Scotland, and he also has the knack of having good matches in Old Firm clashes.

If Armstrong is back to his best at Hampden Park, he could well be the match-winner in the season-defining clash who takes the Hoops one step closer to a unique second successive domestic treble.

In other Celtic news, Vidar Riseth names the one player who must start the semi-final

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