Celtic 24-year-old in line for first Scotland cap after stunning Old Firm display
By Danny Wright
Celtic’s Stuart Armstrong could earn his first Scotland cap as he was announced as part of Gordon Strachan’s squad on Monday.
The Scottish FA announced that the 24-year-old could earn his first cap when the Tartan Army take on Canada in a friendly match or against Slovenia in a World Cup 2018 qualifier.
The Scotland boss watched as a Sky Sports pundit as Armstrong produced a stunning display for Celtic against Rangers on Sunday in which he produced a goal of the highest quality in the game that ended 1-1.
SCOTLAND | The Scotland squad to face Canada and Slovenia has been announced. pic.twitter.com/mRiPWqEKZl
— Scottish FA (@ScottishFA) March 13, 2017
The attacking midfielder was forced off with tight calves in the second period, however it clearly cannot be too serious as he was named in the international squad.
His first half strike in the Old Firm derby was his 11th goal in all competitions this season.
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Armstrong is currently sixth in the league goalscoring charts, behind the likes of teammates Moussa Dembele and Scott Sinclair as well as Ross County’s Liam Boyce.
Clint Hill scored a late equaliser at Parkhead which ultimately ended an 18 game winning streak for the Hoops, however their mammoth lead at the top of the Scottish Premier League of 25 points will still take some beating.
Scotland are currently fifth their World Cup qualifying group which contains great rivals England, Slovakia, Lithuania, Malta as well as their next opponents Slovenia.
Strachan also named Celtic’s Craig Gordon, Kieran Tierney, Scott Brown, James Forrest and Leigh Griffiths in his squad.
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