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BROWN, ARMSTRONG RULED OUT; STRACHAN MUST CALL-UP CALMAC

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BRENDAN RODGERS has confirmed that both captain Scott Brown and Stuart Armstrong will miss tomorrow’s match against Hibs at Celtic Park and are also both out of the World Cup qualifiers against Slovakia and Slovenia.

The Celtic manager confirmed that both players have had scans and they show a hamstring problem for Brown and an calf injury for Armstrong which seems to have been picked up while doing his half time substitute’s warm up on Wednesday night in Brussels.

Brown went off midway through the second half in the 3-0 Champions League win at Anderlecht to be replaced by Nir Bitton, who is likely to feature in the midfield tomorrow.

Armstrong’s injury on Wednesday meant that Callum McGregor came on and it may well be that he too will start tomorrow and will also be called up by a reluctant Gordon Strachan for the vital double header.

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Celtic’s contribution of six players to the starting line-up has transformed Scotland’s fortunes in the second half of a campaign that got off to a terrible start.

Gordon Strachan’s side are currently fourth in Group F, six points behind group leaders England.

Victories over Malta and Lithuania have raised hopes Scotland can beat their Group F rivals to claim a showdown encounter ahead of Russia next summer.

The Scots made a poor start to their campaign with only four points gathered in their first four group matches.

However, 10 points from the subsequent four games mean they will finish second behind leaders England should they win their next two.

Now with both Brown and Armstrong missing sure Strachan will eat some humble pie and call Calmac?

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