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1st Apr, 2018 | 2:26pm

'Keep pushing' - Rodgers raves about Celtic 26-year-old display v Ross County

Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers has raved about Stuart Armstrong’s man of the match display in the 3-0 win over Ross County.

The Hoops manager is hopeful that the 26-year-old, who was starting his first game since December after struggling with a hernia operation, can kick on and be a big player for the Bhoys for the rest of the season.

“He showed his energy and all the qualities that he has, scored a great goal, worked very hard and played the position very well with good technical discipline in the game,” Rodgers said, as quoted by BT Sport.

“He tired a bit in the last 20 minutes but we wanted to get him through 90 to keep pushing him with his game time.

“So I was very pleased with him.”

Armstrong was one of the Hoops’ best players last season, scoring 17 goals as the Bhoys cliched a domestic treble.

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This season he has struggled with his fitness and form, and his goal against the Dingwall side was only his fifth of the season, but if he remains in form he could be a big player for the Hoops for the rest of the season.

Football Insider verdict

Armstrong was fantastic in the win over Ross County, he was back to the high standard he set last season and controlled the game with a fine display of attacking football. If he is able to keep up this standard for the rest of the season, he will be a key figure for the Hoops as they aim to win the treble for the second season in a row. Whilst there may be some doubt about Armstrong’s future with the Hoops, as his contract runs out at the end of next season, as long as he is still at the club he can be a very influential player, as he showed in the win over Ross County.

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