Celtic’s Stuart Armstrong has been named the Scotland squad for next month’s crucial Euro 2016 qualifiers against Georgia and Germany.
The 23-year-old midfielder is the only uncapped player in Gordon Strachan’s squad and is included alongside Leigh Griffiths, who received warm praise from the Scotland boss at the weekend after another impressive display for the 4IAR Scottish Champions at Tannadice.
Before even thinking about making his international debut, Armstrong has important business to attend to in Sweden tomorrow night as Celtic seek to secure a place in the Champions League Group stages at the expense of Swedish champions Malmo.
The Scotland manager believes that success in Sweden can only be good for Armstrong’s game: “Hopefully the quality of teams they are going to play against in the next few months will be even higher than the teams they are playing against now. It’s also just dealing with the big-game mentality, dealing with the pressure, dealing with the crowds. That’s something the boys at Celtic have to deal with all the time and Stuart, as far as I can see, is dealing with that well now.”
Scotland play Georgia in Tbilisi on 4th September before the World Cup champions Germany show up at Hampden Park on 7th September.
The other Celtic players joining Stuart Armstrong in the Scotland squad are Craig Gordon, Charlie Mulgrew Scott Brown, James Forrest and Leigh Griffiths.