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Charlie Nicholas: Celtic goal machine is most improved player in Premiership (not Dembele)

By Will Butcher

Charlie Nicholas believes Stuart Armstrong is the Scottish Premiership’s most improved player as he continues to shine under Brendan Rodgers.

Armstrong, 24, was handed his first call-up to Gordon Strachan’s Scotland squad to face Canada and Slovenia later this month, after scoring 11 goals from midfield this season.

Speaking on Sky Sports News on Monday afternoon, pundit Nicholas claimed that Armstrong could be line to win the Scottish Premiership’s Player of the Year award.

“He’s got fantastic energy and the drive,” Nicholas said. “I actually think he’s the most improved player in the Scottish Premiership. He should be a nominee for player of the year.

“I think Armstrong has been breathtakingly good. Under Brendan Rodgers he’s been so creative and he could challenge the likes of Moussa Dembele and deserves his call-up.”

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Celtic’s number 14 starred in Sunday’s Old Firm derby against Rangers, as he scored Celtic’s only goal with a powerful effort from the edge of the box during the 1-1 draw on Parkhead.

Now, the versatile former Dundee United ace is in line to receive his first national cap after starring in Rodgers’ midfield this season.

As well as his 11 goals from deep, Armstrong has also provided seven assists for the 47-time Scottish Premiership champions during his 36 league and cup encounters.

Before joining the Scotland squad ahead of his national side’s double header, Armstrong is expected to feature for Celtic on Sunday as they travel to Dens Park to face Dundee.

In other Celtic news, Dermot Gallagher has delivered his verdict on Bobby Madden’s decision not to award the Hoops a penalty late on against Rangers.

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