Gordon Strachan: This Celtic player has become a devil on the pitch
By Danny Wright
Scotland boss Gordon Strachan has praised the way that Celtic midfielder Stuart Armstrong has become more selfish on the pitch.
The 60-year-old has handed Armstrong a chance at winning his first international cap when he named him in his latest Scotland squad on Monday.
Strachan reckons that the 24-year-old has began to show the ‘devil’ in him when he takes to the pitch after suggesting that he used to be too much of a nice guy.
Armstrong ran the show and scored a brilliant goal against Rangers in the Old Firm derby on Sunday.
The Scotland boss watched on as a pundit for Sky Sports and was obviously impressed enough with the attacking midfielder to hand him a Scotland call-up just a day later.
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“Stuart is a different personality now. He’s become a personality on the football field and has enjoyed being that personality,” said Strachan, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.
“I think what he wanted to do before, and I might be wrong, is be a good team player but he had more than that in him.
“What he is trying to do now is be the best player on the pitch first then be a good team player.
“Before, he was just a lovely fellow. My wife and I went to a dinner and he made an acceptance speech. We all went ‘what a lovely lad he is’ but I’m afraid we have to turn into devils on the pitch.”
Armstrong scored his 11th goal of the season against the Light Blues on Sunday.
There were worries over his fitness after he was forced off the field against in the heated Glasgow derby clash with tight calves, however that appears to no longer be a problem.
The former Dundee United man is averaging just under a goal in every other game for the Hoops in this season’s Scottish Premier League playing in an attacking midfield role behind the league’s top scorer Moussa Dembele.