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ARMSTRONG’S GOAL TARGET

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CLASSY midfielder Stuart Armstrong is hoping to shoot Celtic to a domestic treble this season.

The December Player of the Year has scored eight goals in 29 appearances – and admitted he wants to add considerably to that total.

Armstrong, 24, said: “I always had belief in myself that I could play in this Celtic team. Scoring goals is also a big thing for me.

“I was doing that at Dundee United and didn’t quite bring it here, which was a big disappointment of mine through the first 18 months at the club.

“To start playing in central midfield has really helped me perform better and be better as a team member.

“Of course, I would have been disappointed if I had needed to leave the club without having the opportunity to play where I wanted and where I felt I could be best.

“Now I have had a chance to play in the centre of the field and I have a lot to thank the gaffer for allowing me to play there and giving me something to work towards.

“Having that belief in me has been very important.”

Armstrong, who joined the Hoops two years ago along with Gary Mackay-Steven in a £2million double deal, was played in wide positions by ex-boss Ronny Deila – and failed to shine.

He added: “It’s nice to have that versatility, but sometimes versatility can restrict you in a way and stop you being deployed in your main position.

“It’s just I couldn’t perform the way I wanted, but it’s in the past.”

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