Sunday 18 August 2019

Armstrong thanks Celtic boss for revival

Celtic's Stuart Armstrong (centre) celebrates scoring his side's second goal of the game. Photo credit: Jeff Holmes/PA Wire.
Celtic's Stuart Armstrong (centre) celebrates scoring his side's second goal of the game. Photo credit: Jeff Holmes/PA Wire.

Ronnie Esplin

Stuart Armstrong fired in the best goal of his career in Saturday's win over Hamilton then thanked boss Brendan Rodgers for rejuvenating his career at Celtic.

Hamilton 0 Celtic 3

The Hoops midfielder was unable to pin down a regular starting berth under former boss Ronny Deila who signed both him and Gary Mackay-Steven from Dundee United in February 2015.

When Armstrong did feature it was often on the left flank but since taking over the Scottish Premiership champions in the summer, the Northern Irishman has employed the 24-year-old in a preferred central midfield role, where he has thrived.

After striker Leigh Griffiths had fired Celtic ahead at the rain-soaked SuperSeal stadium just before the break and Parkhead midfielder Callum McGregor had been rather harshly sent off by referee Willie Collum just after it for picking up two yellow cards, Armstrong rifled in a drive from 25 yards for a goal he has "probably not" bettered, before rushing to the technical area to celebrate with Rodgers.

Substitute Moussa Dembele added a third near the end to keep Celtic 14 points clear of Rangers with a game in hand over the Ibrox side.

"I don't really know what to do with my celebration, I just got carried away a little bit," said Armstrong. "I owe a lot to the manager for everything he has done since he came here for me personally and the team, which is to really enjoy life at Celtic in that central position.

"I definitely have a lot to thank him for."

 

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