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‘MY TIME TO IMPRESS,’ ARMSTRONG

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STUART ARMSTRONG believes Celtic showed the depth of quality in their squad with the 4-0 win over Ross County in Dingwall last night.

Brendan Rodgers was allowed the luxury of resting eight players from his starting line-up after the 1-0 Betfred League Cup semi-final victory over Sevco Rangers on Sunday.

Armstrong, who replaced the toiling Nir Bitton at Hampden, started the game against the Highlanders and was involved in the first goal – snapped up by Patrick Roberts in two minutes nine seconds – and netted the second before subs Scott Sinclair and Moussa Dembele put a gloss on the scoreline.unspecified-137

The classy midfielder said: “It’s definitely a squad game. The manager said before the game that we have a hectic fixture list and he very much believes in the squad and the quality we possess in good numbers.

“To make a lot of changes, I felt the team played very well and adapted very well to the changes. We dominated the game for most parts.

“We started great and got the opening goal and kept good possession, in their half especially, from there on in.

“They had a few counter-attacks and they gave us a few scary moments, especially in the second-half, and Craig Gordon had to make a few saves. But then we got the second goal and we were comfortable winners in the end.”

Armstrong said: “It’s important for me to try and impress and help the team in any way I can. We had a good chat at the start of the season about what he wants from me and I have been working very hard in training to deliver that and get that level of consistency.

“He wants to play the high pressing game and that takes a lot of energy. I have been trying to do that and be part of this attacking, pressing team, taking my opportunities when they come.”

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