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25th Mar, 2017 | 1:34pm

Kieran Tierney: This Celtic 24-year-old is brilliant, contender for POTS

By Will Butcher 

Kieran Tierney has praised his Celtic teammate Stuart Armstrong and believes he is in the running to win the player of the season award.

Armstrong, 24, has been in top form for the Bhoys this season and it hasn’t gone unnoticed. Armstrong is in with a shot of earning his first Scotland cap under Gordon Strachan against Slovenia on Sunday.

“It would be great for him to get his debut. He’s a great player and we knew that before he came to Celtic. Even at Dundee United he was excellent,” Tierney told Glasgow Evening Times.

“This season his goal-scoring record for a midfielder and the amount of games he’s played is brilliant. At Celtic there are so many candidates for player of the season it’s probably the tightest one.”

Celtic’s number 14 was called up after scoring three goals in his last four games against Inverness, Rangers and Dundee, taking his overall tally for the season to 12 strikes.

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As well as his 12 goals, Armstrong has provided seven assists and that kind of creativity from midfield could prove crucial against Slovenia come Sunday evening.

Currently second bottom in Group F of the 2018 World Cup qualifying phase, Scotland manager Gordon Strachan is under huge pressure to claim victory at Hampden Park against Slovenia.

The former Celtic and Southampton manager could turn to Armstrong after not using him against Canada on Wednesday evening, as they look to close the gap on league leaders England.

In other Celtic news, Murdo MacLeod claim Rangers need this amount of players to compete with the Hoops.

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