Celtic's Stuart Armstrong 'can win Scotland call', says Brendan Rodgers

Celtic's Stuart Armstrong celebrates scoring against Ross County
Stuart Armstrong scored for Celtic against Ross County

Brendan Rodgers believes that Stuart Armstrong is on course for the Scotland squad if the midfielder can continue his rich vein of form.

"He's got the physical qualities for that," the Celtic manager said of the uncapped 24-year-old who scored in Wednesday's 4-0 win over Ross County.

"It's about understanding the game tactically."

Armstrong played 20 times for Scotland Under-21s and has been involved in the senior squad without winning a cap.

"He's a bright boy, he takes on information well and I think, if he keeps going, keeps improving and he keeps showing the level, I think there's no question he could feature for the national team," said Rodgers.

Armstrong had often been used out wide by previous manager Ronny Deila, but Rodgers believes that central midfield is the former Dundee United player's best position.

"He has played a lot of his time here on the left side, which I can understand because he is very diligent and works well and he has an eye for goal," he said.

"But we spoke to him a lot in pre-season in terms of his position and where he felt most comfortable and, at that time, it was maybe difficult for him to get a game in his preferred position.

Stuart Armstrong in action for Scotland Under-21s
Stuart Armstrong captained Scotland Under-21s

"But what he has done, each day from that, he has looked to improve and understand the tactical element of playing on the inside."

Armstrong started in central midfield against County having also impressed as a substitute in Sunday's League Cup semi-final win over Rangers.

"Technically, he is strong, his finish on Wednesday night I see in training every day," added Rodgers. "He has a wonderful strike in him, different types of finishes.

"Physically, he is very good. Our first goal came from his ability to press the ball very quickly and his goal, he spotted the space and showed great speed.

"He has come into one of the biggest clubs in the world and it sometimes takes that little bit of time to find your feet.

"But he has definitely found his feet, he is a player I really enjoy working with, he is super-bright and thinks about the game and his role in the team.

"Anywhere centrally where he can use his power and pace to break forward - that's his best position."

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