Chris Sutton explains why signing duo in January will boost Celtic’s Champions League chances

Stuart Armstrong and Gary Mackay-Steven joined Celtic from Scottish Premiership rivals Dundee United in January.

Chris Sutton has explained in The Daily Record how signing Stuart Armstrong and Gary Mackay-Steven in the January transfer window will help Celtic in the Champions League qualifiers for the 2015-16 campaign.

Scottish midfielder Armstrong and winger Mackay-Steven joined the Hoops from Scottish Premiership rivals Dundee United.

Former Celtic striker Sutton believes that the duo have settled down at Celtic Park, and this will boost the Bhoys’ chances of progressing to the group stage of the Champions League after negotiating the qualifiers.

“I’ve said on a number of occasions what I think of Stuart Armstrong and Gary Mackay-Steven,” the 42-year-old wrote in The Daily Record. “Signing those two boys from Dundee United in January was a real bonus.

“Given both of them scored on their debuts against Partick Thistle, you wonder how much time they would have needed to settle into the club this summer anyway as both come across as quick learners.

“But that five months’ experience within the group and the nights against Inter will have done wonders for the two of them.”

Celtic would have won the Scottish Premiership title without Armstrong or Mackay-Steven, but the duo will give the Hoops a better chance of making it through to the group stage of the Champions League.

The Bhoys failed to do that last season, and they will be determined not to fail again this time around.

With Armstrong and Mackay-Steven in the squad, Celtic will have a better chance, and the fans will hope that the players make it.

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