STUART ARMSTRONG believes Celtic are as ready as they will ever be for their Champions League test against Barcelona.

The midfielder, who came on as a sub and netted the fifth goal in the demolition derby, also insisted the Hoops are not in the tournament simply to make up the numbers.

Armstrong said: “If you can’t enjoy the opportunity to go and play against Barcelona then you probably shouldn’t be a footballer.

“We are not afraid. We are enthusiastic and excited. We understand just how great a team Barcelona are. They have world-class players in every position, but we are in the Champions League and it is up to us to go and give a solid account of ourselves.
”Moussa Dembele is still very young, but has shown great temperament already. He is calm with the ball, he is a very confident boy in his own abilities and as we have seen he knows where the goal is.img_2307-1.jpg

“I am sure Leigh Griffiths is gutted to miss out on the game, but we definitely cannot get too hung up on that. We have a talented, big squad and we believe we can make an impact.”

Armstrong was also delighted with the central midfield position he took up when he replaced Tom Rogic.

He added: “I have spoken to the manager and it was good opportunity because we were both able to express ourselves. It feels like an entirely different Celtic team – different mentally, different physically, different tactically and all for the better. Everyone wants to be a part of it.

“I have a clear picture in my head of what I need to do. That last-half hour in a number 10 position was fantastic for me and something I really enjoyed. The goal was the icing on the cake.

“That is where I am most comfortable. Hopefully, people can see that. It is where I enjoy football the most, it is where I think I make the best contribution. So ,it is just about taking chances when I get them.”

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