With all the excitement surrounding Tom Rogic’s return to the Celtic squad against Partick after a long injury lay-off, it seems to have been forgotten about that another injury victim could soon be making their return.
Stuart Armstrong, who hasn’t played since the goal less Old Firm derby in December, is set to be fit for the upcoming match against Zenit in the Europa League.
The Scottish Sun recently reported that the player would recover from his hernia operation in time to play the team currently second in the Russian league.
Could the fact that Armstrong was missing from the squad to play Partick cast doubt on that report, or could Brendan Rodgers be keeping the player back, to pitch him in against Zenit?
It’s well-known that Rodgers is a big fan of Armstrong’s, and understandably so, as his 17 goals last season went a long way to helping the Bhoys secure their first treble since 2001.
Intriguingly, Rodgers has also kept faith in the player as he has struggled with form this season, he has rarely been dropped whilst the likes of Leigh Griffiths and Moussa Dembele have at times lost their place in the first team.
Starting a player who hasn’t played in six weeks will naturally be a gamble, will Rodgers take the risk on Armstrong to surprise Zenit? Only time will tell.