The recent signing from Dundee United cannot wait to get started in the Europa League
Celtic made two pieces of excellent business on Transfer Deadline day, securing the arrivals of Dundee United pair Gary Mackay-Steven and Stuart Armstrong. The two talented midfielders left the SPL's nearly men for the Old Firm outfit and have had an instantaneous impact.
Both players found the back of the net on their debuts. Mackay-Steven opened the scoring and Armstrong scored the second in a 3-0 win against Partick Thistle on Wednesday night.
The next time the pair could potentially play in midweek for Celtic is against far more illustrious opposition. Celtic take on Italian giants Inter Milan in the ext round of the Europa League. The first leg takes place at Celtic Park next Thursday and Armstrong is obviously delighted to play a part in the game. He told the official Celtic site:
“I can’t wait, playing in European competitions is something everyone dreams of. So to have the chance of being a part of that next week is fantastic and to go over to stadiums like the San Siro is what everyone wants to do.
“It will be a bit different to what I’m used to but it’s all a learning curve and to have that experience will be worth a lot in the future.”
Inter are not having a great season and Celtic will fancy their chances of pulling off a shock against the Nerazurri considering their excellent run of form. Celtic have not yet conceded a competitive goal in 2015.
For the likes of Armstrong it games like this that make Celtic such an attractive proposition. The club are almost always guaranteed a place in some form of European competition, unlike his previous club Dundee United.
Come Thursday it will be apparent to Armstrong and Mackay-Steven just why Celtic is such a special club. Because Parkhead on a European night? A better sight in football is rare.