Celtic duo out of qual­i­fiers

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Scot­land’s chances of qual­i­fy­ing for the World Cup were dealt a blow af­ter Scott Brown and Stu­art Arm­strong were ruled out of de­cid­ing ties against Slo­vakia and Slove­nia.

Scot­land have been dealt a blow ahead of next week’s World Cup dou­ble-header af­ter Celtic mid­field­ers Scott Brown and Stu­art Arm­strong were ruled out of the qual­i­fy­ing de­ciders.

Hoops man­ager Brendan Rodgers con­firmed yes­ter­day the pair would not re­cover from in­jury in time to face Slo­vakia and Slove­nia.

Brown limped off against An­der­lecht on Wed­nes­day with a tight ham­string, while Arm­strong sat out the Cham­pi­ons League game in Brus­sels. Rodgers said: “Scott has had a scan so he and Stu­art Arm­strong will not be avail­able for a few weeks due to a slight strain of top of the ham­string and calf. It is un­for­tu­nate for both us and ob­vi­ously for Scot­land.”

Arm­strong, who was born in In­ver­ness and brought up in Aberdeen, was named among the sub­sti­tutes for Celtic’s 3-0 win against An­der­lecht and Rodgers re­vealed the 25-year-old pulled up be­fore the game. He said: “He ac­tu­ally did it in the warm-up and it was only mid­way through the half that one of the med­i­cal team had said that he had hurt it.

“He went out to warm up af­ter it had hap­pened but he still felt the pain there.

“He has played a lot of games and it has been the case of try­ing to man­age the squad, hence the rea­son why he wasn’t start­ing the game the other night. It is not so se­ri­ous but it is the tim­ing of it which is un­for­tu­nate for him, us and Scot­land.”

OVER AND OUT: Scott Brown and Stu­art Arm­strong have been ruled out by both Celtic and Scot­land

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