Celtic manager Ronny Deila suggested in the Glasgow Evening Times that Stuart Armstrong has given himself a chance of starting the game against Malmo this week.
Deila has explained that he was impressed by the midfielder, as he featured in the 4-2 victory against Inverness last weekend.
Deila feels Armstrong can have an impact in terms of his pace in midfield, while also offering every member of his squad the hope that they could start the vital Champions League play-off game.
“Stuart was quick against Inverness. I think he showed that it was good for him to get a rest during the week. That made him even better, he was really good,” Deila told the Glasgow Evening Times.
“There could be changes but a lot of the players who started on Saturday will play against Malmo.”
Squad competition is encouraging
The squad competition at Celtic is very encouraging and gives Deila the option to rotate, keeping his key players effective for longer periods of times and allowing the side to improve their chances of consistency.
Armstrong joined the club last winter and has a real chance to get his teeth into the Celtic midfield, making himself priceless to that area of the team across all competitions.
However, given the importance of the Champions League play-off game against Malmo, it’s doubtful as to whether Deila is going to take many risks as the Bhoys look to seal their place in the group stages of the competition.
Whether Armstrong features or not, he’s left an impression on the mind of the manager, which is definitely a positive for him personally.