STUART ARMSTRONG will be going into the new season in a positive frame of mind.

However, the Celtic midfielder admitted that being injured during the most recent campaign had taken its toll.

Last year, the Scotland international was a key component in Brendan Rodgers’ Invincibles side, but he has toiled to repeat those sort of high-level performances.

Injuries plus the form of £4.5million summer signing Olivier Ntcham and rejuvenated Callum McGregor made it difficult for Armstrong, who has one year left on his contract, to perform with such influence.

He said: “Personally, last season wasn’t fantastic in every sense – people forget I wasn’t in the team until November.

ON THE RUN…Stuart Armstrong is looking to take his chance next season. Pic: Geo.

“That was a different test mentally. Getting my place in the team and having a great season, getting the medals and the accolades and having a short summer, has been testing physically.

“But that is football. Every boy in this team will have injuries or testing times in their careers, that is how the last six months have gone for me.

“I don’t want to put too much pressure on myself for next season, it is just about making sure I am fit and trying to take my chance when it comes.

“It isn’t about proving a point. You sometimes take for granted when you are physically fit and well and the frustration which comes from being injured. Staying fit and injury free is something I want to be.”

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