By Amir Mir
Gordon Strachan has made a bold claim about Celtic midfielder Stuart Armstrong after Scotland beat Slovenia 1-0 on Sunday night in a World Cup qualifier.
The 60-year-old stated that Armstrong’s debut performance “could be the best Scottish debut I have ever seen.”
Armstrong was representing his country in an important World Cup qualifier and partnered his club teammate Scott Brown in the middle of the park at Hampden Park.
In a thrilling opening for the home team which saw Leigh Griffiths hit the woodwork, Armstrong dictated play throughout the match from midfield.
With two minutes left on the clock, Armstrong found substitute Chris Martin in the penalty area and he duly dispatched the much-needed winner, with Strachan delivering this verdict after the game.
“We have got ourselves back in contention and we look forward to the next game now,” Strachan told Sky Sports.
“We can take a lot of things from tonight. These players played extremely well and I think Stuart Armstrong’s could be the best Scottish debut I have ever seen.”
Inverness-born Armstrong has been a key figure for Brendan Rodgers at club level this season which won him a call-up to the national set-up for the first time.
Over the course of the campaign, he has played 37 games for the Hoops, scoring 12 goals from the middle of the park and supplying seven assists.
Armstrong went into the international break on the back of a fine run of form after he had scored during his last three league matches.
He found the back of the net against Inverness, Old Firm rivals Rangers and most recently during the 1-0 win at Dundee.
In other Celtic news, fans on Twitter destroyed this first-team player for his performance against Slovenia.