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ARMSTRONG’S AIM

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STUART ARMSTRONG admitted his debut against Partick Thistle at Firhill at the start of February was the perfect launching pad for his Celtic career.
The classy midfielder arrived at Parkhead along with Gary Mackay-Steven on the last day of the January transfer window in a £2million double deal from Dundee United.
Both made a quickfire debut against the Jags – and it was an unforgettable experience for the new Bhoys as both scored in a runaway 3-0 success.
Mackay-Steven had a sensational start with the opener in 38 seconds and Armstrong added another on the half-hour mark as they sampled their first game – and first win – as players with the SPFL champions.
Armstrong, in an interview for tonight’s Match Programme, said: “I was speaking with Gaz in the car going to training about it as it feels like it has gone by so quickly, particularly with the end of the season coming up.
“It’s been an enjoyable start, a good start and we are hoping to kick on as well.
“The Partick Thistle game was hard to take in at the time. I just wanted to play well, so to score along with Gaz so quickly was great helped us settle into the team. It helped us build confidence to take it into future games and help us get acquainted with the boys.

“I was little nervous as you want to make a good impression, but it’s different with Celtic as you tend to dominate games and have a lot possession, so there was an element of comfort in that which was nice and I just eased into the game.

“Seeing Gaz get up after scoring, I just thought it was very funny! I was over the moon for him and he couldn’t have started life at his new club any better.

“It just relaxed us a little and took the pressure of the whole team and myself – and I couldn’t let him get all the limelight by himself, so I had to go and get a goal as well!

“You couldn’t have written the script for debut goals for Gaz and me. It was a proud moment for my family who were there, so that was nice, as well. It couldn’t have gone better.”

The 22-year-old is hoping for an action replay against Alan Archibald’s side in Paradise this evening.
 
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