Scotland boss Alex McLeish sprung a huge surprise in his first squad selection as manager by selecting Celtic midfielder Stuart Armstrong – who has played five minutes of football this year – for the squad.
The squad for the friendlies v Costa Rica and Hungary was announced a short time ago on the official SFA Twitter page, and the inclusion of Armstrong is a bit of a shock.
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— Scottish FA (@ScottishFA) March 12, 2018
There is no doubt that on his day the 25-year-old midfielder is one of the best players in Scotland, but the surprising factor is that the player is only just back from injury after almost two months out with a hernia injury.
He made his return in the 3-2 victory over Rangers, but only played the last five minutes of the game, and with the Hoops only having one more match before the Scotland games take place, Armstrong won’t get much game time ahead of the friendlies.
Perhaps Brendan Rodgers and McLeish have come to an agreement that means that Armstrong will be used sparingly in the games, but it does seem a bit of a gamble for a player who has spent so much time out injured to be selected for the national team.
The Hoops supporters will be hoping that Armstrong gets through the games unscathed as the Bhoys enter a vital part of the season.
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