STUART ARMSTRONG admitted he was delighted with his dream Scotland debut in the 1-0 victory over Slovenia at Hampden last night.

The Celtic midfielder was superb in the must-win World Cup qualifer that breathed life in the nation’s bid to reach the Finals in Russia next summer.

Armstrong, 24, set up the only goal of a tense encounter two minutes from time when he picked out Chris Martin with a probing pass and the frontman, who had only been on the park five minutes, swept a left-foot effort wide of keeper Jan Oblak.

The Hoops star, one of six Parkhead men on display, said: “I just tried to prepare as I do for every game and try to influence it in a positive way.

“That’s creating goals and scoring goals, so I am glad I have contributed in some way.

“It was an enjoyable one. We started off well and got better as the game went on.

“We had a couple of chances, but, unfortunately, we didn’t take them.

“And sometimes when you don’t take them at this level it costs you in the end. However, we kept fighting.

“On some occasions, you only get a few chances against good teams, but, thankfully, we got the extra one and Chris did great.”

Armstrong added: “It was a great team performance and a great win which we deserved.

“The result will give us a lot of confidence going into the next game.

“We are back up there and we have a lot of positives to take.”

Scotland’s next qualifier is against England at Hampden on on Saturday, June 10.

The English lead the group on 13 points after five matches. Slovakia are on nine points, Slovenia on eight and Gordon Strachan’s men are fourth with seven.

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