STUART ARMSTRONG is ready, willing and able to play his part in giving Scotland’s jaded World Cup qualifying bid a boost against Slovenia at Hampden on Sunday evening.
The in-form Celtic midfielder is poised to make his full international debut in the make-or-break encounter for Gordon Strachan’s side.
And Armstrong revealed he had already sampled glory days when the Scots had been in action at the national stadium – at the age of 13!
The Inverness-born Hoops ace recalled: “I had a few friends who went to the games and I went a few times with them.
“The one game that stands out is probably the France game when he won 1-0. Gary Caldwell scored from a corner.
“My friend’s dad took us down. I was quite young.
“It was a nice one to go to. I had been before with my dad, who took me and my brother, but that one stands out.
“I like big atmospheres and big crowds and big expectations. I love the big games.
“It is always exciting, but I would like to think that each game I go into I have the same level of motivation and determination to win.”
Armstrong added: ” I like Hampden. The last time I played there, we beat Aberdeen in the League Cup Final, which was a great day.
“I’ve got good memories and it’s a good venue.“I had a good impact in semi-final and played well. Since then, I’ve had a good run in the side.
“That’s probably been a pivotal moment so far for me.”
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