Celtic duo out of qualifiers
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