Friday 20 April 2018

New Bhoy Stuart Armstong sets his sights on San Siro

Stuart Armstrong
Stuart Armstrong

Jamie Holland

Stuart ARMSTRONG has been a Celtic player for less than two weeks but is already within touching distance of a dream appearance at the San Siro.

The 22-year-old midfielder made a scoring debut in the Bhoys' 3-0 win over Partick last Wednesday - as did Gary Mackay-Steven, who arrived at Parkhead with him from Dundee United on transfer deadline day.

Celtic will look to cement their place at the top of the Scottish Premiership when they take on St Johnstone at McDiarmid Park today - they lead Aberdeen by three points, with a game in hand - before their Europa League campaign resumes.

Inter Milan visit Celtic Park in the first-leg of their last-32 clash next Thursday night, with a return trip to Italy the following week.

"I can't wait," said Armstrong. "European competitions are something everyone dreams of playing in, so to have a chance to be a part of that next week is fantastic and to go over to stadiums like the San Siro - it's where everyone wants to play."

Despite making such a positive impact on his debut, Armstrong is not taking his place for granted.

"It is a very versatile squad with a lot of versatile players," he said.

"Everyone has been fantastic - their professionalism, their work ethic, the way they put everything into every single day.

"The manager wants to press and harass teams. You dominate possession which is great for attacking players. It's a lot different from I have been used to and can only make me a better player."

Leigh Griffiths and James Forrest return to the Celtic squad for today's match.

Griffiths is expected to recover from an ankle knock which kept him out of the win over Partick, for which Forrest was rested.

Midfielder Kris Commons remains out with a hamstring complaint but manager Ronny Deila is confident he will be back for the tie against Inter Milan, while midfielder Charlie Mulgrew (knee) and right-back Mikael Lustig (ankle) are still sidelined.

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