Des McKeown: The turnaround in this Celtic 25-year-old has been incredible
By Harvey Byrne
Former Celtic youth player Des McKeown has hailed the turnaround in form of current ace Stuart Armstrong this season.
The 25-year-old central midfielder has been one of the key parts of Brendan Rodgers’ team this season, playing in 44 matches in all competitions, which has brought a return of 14 goals and seven assists.
It has seen a big improvement on his return from the last campaign, where he returned just four goals and eight assists in 39 outings for the club.
Now, McKeown has highlighted the progression the one-time capped Scotland international has made under summer appointment Rodgers and believes the player has had a huge increase in form due to his playing position.
“Which brings me nicely to Stuart Armstrong who would play as a supporting central midfielder,” told McKeown to the Scottish Sun when naming his Premiership team of the season made up by Scotsmen.
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“If ever there was a lesson in playing a footballer in his correct position it is this one. The turnaround in this boy has been incredible and that is down to where he has been playing.”
Former boss Ronny Deila used Armstrong primarily as a left midfielder last season and played him just three times in his favoured central midfield spot.
But, with Armstrong now becoming a key part in the centre of the park for the Hoops, Rodgers is unlikely to give him another positional switch.
The player is however set to enter the final year of his contract at the end of this month, meaning his future could even lie away from the Hoops, but that is unlikely given the season Armstrong has just had.
In other Celtic news, Hoops fans have reacted on Twitter to Billy Gilmour leaving the club.