Stu­art Arm­strong goes from sup­port­ing role to Celtic star

Kuwait Times - - SPORTS -

Bren­dan Rodgers says Stu­art Arm­strong is a shin­ing ex­am­ple for all the play­ers in his squad for the way the mid­fielder has re­ju­ve­nated his Celtic ca­reer.

The 24-year-old en­joyed a good start to his time at Celtic Park af­ter sign­ing from Dundee United in Fe­bru­ary 2015, but then a dip in form saw him en­dure a tor­rid time last sea­son un­der for­mer man­ager Ronny Deila.

Following the ar­rival of Rodgers in the sum­mer, Arm­strong drifted in and out of the squad and it ap­peared as if his time at Celtic could be com­ing to a close.

How­ever, the mid­fielder has now started the past 12 matches and has been a piv­otal part of the side that has won 11 league matches in a row to hold an 11-point lead over Rangers at the top of the Scottish Premier­ship.

His re­birth at Celtic was com­plete on Satur­day when he was handed the cap­tain’s arm­band in the ab­sence of the sus­pended Scott Brown for the win against Dundee.

Brown will re­turn for the match against Partick This­tle to­day but Rodgers says hand­ing Arm­strong the tem­po­rary cap­taincy was re­ward for his ef­forts this sea­son “I think it was a sym­bol for Stu­art and the other play­ers,” Celtic man­ager Rodgers said.

“This was a guy who was one of the real stand-out play­ers I felt when I was as­sess­ing the squad, yet when he came back in af­ter the sum­mer it prob­a­bly was in doubt whether he would play for me. Early in the sea­son, he wasn’t even in a cou­ple of my squads.—AFP

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