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ARMSTRONG QUIET ON NEW DEAL

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CELTIC midfielder Stuart Armstrong is refusing to talk about a contract extension and insists he’s focusing on his match fitness.

The Scotland international is attempting to get back to peak condition for the run-in to a crucial campaign after his January hernia operation.

Armstrong was out for two months before his cameo appearance late in the 3-2 win at Ibrox on March 11.

For the second successive season, the former Dundee United star is approaching a summer where his Hoops deal is running into its final year.

Last time out, boss Brendan Rodgers dropped Armstrong for a loss of form and hit out at his agent Liam O’Donnell as negotiations stalled.

The playmaker eventually signed a one-year extension, but the Irishman is adamant he will not get involved in a similar scenario on this occasion.

When asked about the contract situation, Armstrong answered bluntly: “I’m not going to talk about that just now.”

Instead, the 25-year-old is more concerned about getting back to full power.

He has yet to start a game in 2018, but also made a second-half appearance off the substitutes’ bench for Scotland in last Friday’s 1-0 loss to Costa Rica in the friendly international at Hampden.

Armstrong is likely to get a starting place in Alex McLeish’s second comeback game as Scots gaffer in this evening game against Hungary in Budapest.

He said: “I had five minutes at Ibrox, 30 minutes against Motherwell and then another half-an-hour for Scotland, so I’m definitely feeling much better physically now than I did in December.

“I’m much more like myself again.

“I’m feeling good and really looking forward to being involved in the big games between now and the end of the season.”

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