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Celtic Stuart Armstrong. Pic: Jeff Holmes/PA Wire.
Celtic Stuart Armstrong. Pic: Jeff Holmes/PA Wire.

Brendan Rodgers has backed Stuart Armstrong to make his mark in central midfield for his Celtic side and for Scotland.

Armstrong started and scored in Celtic’s 4-0 victory over Ross County on Wednesday night after impressing off the bench during Sunday’s Betfred Cup win over Rangers.

Rodgers admitted he has worked on the 24-year-old’s confidence and tactical knowledge since arriving in the summer.

“He has played a lot of his time here on the left, which I can understand because he works well and he has an eye for goal,” Rodgers 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.

“What he has done, each day from that, he has looked to improve and understand the tactical element of playing on the inside. He’s got a wonderful intelligence. He’s a good footballer and he’s improving tactically all the time.”

Celtic travel to second placed Aberdeen on Saturday (kick-off 12 noon) looking to protect their seven point lead at the top.