Celtic star explains what Mackay-Steven and Armstrong have brought to the team

Scott Brown believes that Gary Mackay-Steven and Stuart Armstrong have added pace to the Bhoys' squad.

Scott Brown has admitted to Celtic's official site that they lose some pace from their side without new recruits Stuart Armstrong and Gary Mackay-Steven in the team.

Armstrong and Mackay-Steven joined from Dundee United in the January transfer window, but they will not be able to face their former club this weekend as they are cup-tied.

Celtic take on United in the quarter-finals of the Scottish Cup and Brown feels they will miss the aforementioned duo.

“It’s a bit of pace out our team," he admitted. "But we have a big enough squad and we have people in the squad who would probably get a game for most Scottish Premiership teams, so it shows we've got a good squad and they will be wanting their chance to get a game."

Celtic do indeed have the biggest squad in Scotland and there will be a whole host of fringe players hoping to get the opportunity to fill in for Armstrong and Mackay-Steven.

The new signings have become first-team regulars straight away at Parkhead and they have both made positive first impressions.

Armstrong and Mackay-Steven have already opened their goalscoring accounts for the Bhoys and will be hoping that they can build on their impressive openings at their new club later on in the season.

There will be mixed emotions for the pair this weekend, though, as they watch their new teammates take on their former employers in what it is sure to be a tough fixture for them to take in.

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