STUART ARMSTRONG has revealed he enjoys playing at Dens Park – despite getting dog’s abuse from the home fans.
The former Dundee United midfielder, who joined Celtic in a £2million double deal with Gary Mackay-Steven in January 2015, is ready to run the gauntlet again on Sunday.
Armstrong was a target for the Dundee boo boys when he came on as a substitute in the Hoops’ 1-0 win on Tayside at the start of October.
And he hopes to be centre stage in the confrontation where Brendan Rodgers’ men could have the opportunity to claim their sixth successive title – if Aberdeen lose to Hearts 24 hours earlier.
The energetic playmaker, scorer of 11 goals this season, said: “It’s always nice going back up and playing against Dundee.
“I have good memories of playing there with Dundee United and, of course, Celtic.
“The fans always give me a bit of stick, but it is enjoyable to play there.”
Armstrong, who was brought into the Scotland international squad by Gordon Strachan for the forthcoming double-header against Canada and Slovenia, added: “It will be physical and tough and Dundee also have qualities.
“It will be a difficult match and we will look at the positives from the 1-1 draw on Sunday, along with how we can improve and take that into the game.
“We always take it one game as it comes and sometimes it’s helpful to have a match in midweek.
“On the other hand, sometimes it’s also nice to have that week’s break between games, allowing the legs to recover and start again very strongly.”
Armstrong was taken off in the 73rd minute at the weekend with the champions leading through his first-half strike.
Clint Hill scored three minutes from the end to wreck Celtic’s 22-game winning seqeunce.
The Inverness-born 24-year-old admitted he felt a slight tweak in his calf muscle, but there will be no problem for the weekend.
Armstrong captained the Hoops in Scott Brown’s absence during the team’s 2-1 victory over Paul Hartley’s outfit at Parkhead in December.
* Stuart Armstrong was talking to the latest edition of the Celtic View, on sale now.