STUART ARMSTRONG insists patience must be Celtic’s watchword this season.
The Scotland international midfielder started his first game against Alloa in midweek since the opening day 2-1 Premiership win over Hearts.
Armstrong paid tribute to the resilience of the First Division part-timers who only capitulated when James Forrest and Moussa Dembele claimed two late strikes.
He said: “We’re going to face teams who sit in and are well organised.
“We can’t allow ourselves to get frustrated, we must be patient, wait for the openings and take our chances when they come along.
“Against Alloa, we had a lot of possession in midfield, mainly moving the ball from side to side, but they were really well organised and defended very well.
“In the first 45 minutes, we made a lot of chances, but couldn’t score.”
Armstrong was delighted to get the nod from boss Brendan Rodgers to start the game against Jack Ross’ gallant outfit and added: “There is always going to be competition for places at a big club such as Celtic.
“You have to be prepared to take your opportunities when they come.
“The main thing, though, is the team. We won and got through to the next round, so I’m happy.”