By Dominic Toner
Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers believes that Stuart Armstrong has been fantastic since he arrived as manager in the summer.
The 24-year-old has become crucial to the club’s success this season and is a mainstay in the starting XI alongside captain Scott Brown.
Armstrong played 90 minutes on Saturday as the Bhoys recorded a narrow 2-1 victory over Dundee, with Leigh Griffiths and Nir Bitton scoring the decisive goals.
He been a left winger throughout most of his career, but Rodgers has transformed Armstrong into a a central midfielder in his system.
Rodgers explained after the Dundee victory how useful Armstrong is this season and how much he has developed during his tenure.
“He epitomises really how I work. If they adapt to my system then they can fly. Stu has been a great symbol of that,” Rodgers said, as quoted by the club’s official Twitter account.
BR on @StuArmstrong16: "He epitomises really how I work. If they adapt to my system then they can fly. Stu has been a great symbol of that."
— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) December 17, 2016
Armstrong made 39 appearances last season for Celtic across all competitions and struggled to cement his place in the starting line up.
The attacking midfielder has already made 25 appearances in this campaign and his overall game has improved hugely under Rodgers.
The Scotsman has scored six goals under Rodgers compared to four during the entire of last season and is showing a great ability of arriving late to score.
He is regarded as an important player by ex-Liverpool manager Rodgers and has managed to breathe new air into his Celtic career.
Armstrong is expected to retain his place in the starting XI as the Bhoys host relegation-threatened Partick on Tuesday.
In other Celtic news, Chris Sutton has identified a problem for the club’s attacking system.