Celtic new boy explains benefit of being cup-tied

Stuart Armstrong has revealed how he has spent his time during Celtic’s League Cup campaign.

Having played for Dundee United in the League Cup earlier in the campaign, Bhoys January signing Armstrong has been cup-tied, and he has told Celtic View how he has spent his free time.

Celtic defeated Armstrong’s old club United in the final of the League Cup, although he and Gary Mackay-Steven were unable to feature in the tie due to being cup-tied.

The recent run of games against the Tangerines has made Armstrong’s start at Celtic Park something of a confusing time. He has made seven appearances for the Bhoys, scoring two goals, but has been forced to spend time on the sidelines whilst his new teammates have been on the pitch.

However, that has allowed the 22-year-old Scotsman time to acclimatise to his new surroundings, as he attempts to help Celtic to the Scottish Premiership title for the first time under Ronny Deila.

With the club now out of the Europa League, League Cup action finished, and Armstrong ineligible for the Scottish FA Cup, the midfielder can start to focus completely on league action, and he has told the Celtic View that he is pleased to be having some time off as he settles into his new club, along with Mackay-Steven.

Armstrong said: “It has been very good in a way that we’re cup-tied because we’ve had a couple of days off and a couple of weeks to just focus on training and improving that way and letting our bodies recover from the games, and to reflect on the start we’ve made. So it’s been good to get a bit of recovery in that sense.

“There are lots of things we’re doing behind the scenes like getting things into the flat and settling down. We amuse ourselves so it’s good just to relax and take our mids off football for a bit.”

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