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‘CELTIC HAVE BEEN RELENTLESS,’ STUART ARMSTRONG

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CELTIC will play their eighth game in just over a month when they take on Inverness Caley Thistle at Parkhead tomorrow afternoon.

Stuart Armstrong came on for Nir Bitton in the Betfred League Cup semi-final win over Sevco Rangers last month and has kept the central midfield position for the games against Ross County, Aberdeen and Borussia Monchengladbach.

He is poised to start again against the Highlanders and is looking for a bit of revenge after Alex Fisher’s stoppage-time goal in the 2-2 draw in mid-September.

Asked if he had been frustrated by the loss of two points in unexpected circumstances, Armstrong answered: “Slightly, especially the way it happened.

“Conceding late on was disappointing, but our form in the league has been great and we’ve been relentless and will look to do the same again at the weekend.”

The midfielder looks more settled now after a run of games and he gave the credit to manager Brendan Rodgers.

He said: “We had a talk at the start of the season about what’s expected from me and I’ve been trying to deliver that in training by working hard and I’ve managed to get some opportunities in the team.

“Taking those opportunities is important because we have a competitive squad and everyone wants to get in. It’s clear to see that’s my favourite position and where I feel I’m best.

“It’s challenging fitness-wise with the heavy schedule, but we had a good pre-season with a lot of high-intensity training sessions in developing that fitness and now I’m getting a bit more game-time, it’s match-fitness too.

“It’s difficult incorporating training into that, as well, when games are thick and fast and the time spent between games when they’re three days apart is more recovery rather than everything else.

“So, it’s about looking after yourself and making sure everything’s right for the next game.”

 
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