Celtic winger Stuart Armstrong admits tough season, excited for Rangers

Celtic winger Stuart Armstrong says he has had a difficult season but is hopeful of facing Rangers this weekend.

Celtic winger Stuart Armstrong has told The Express that this season has been 'tough' for him at the club, but wants to end it on a high.

Armstrong joined Celtic in a double deal with Gary Mackay-Steven from Dundee United in the mid-season transfer window, and despite a bright start last season, has had a mixed time of it this season.

The 24-year-old has scored six times in 58 appearances this campaign, and says the number of games and requirement to form at a high level has been a tough ask.

He said: "This season has been tough at times, but I now feel more accustomed to the way of life at Celtic.

“The amount of games, the amount of pressure to win and win well – it’s been a good year of learning."

Armstrong has experience of scoring against Rangers before in a big game with Dundee United, and is hopeful of being able to repeat the feat.

He added: "It was a nice feeling to score against Rangers in a previous semi-final. We won the game, so I have happy memories from that day and it took us into the final as well.

“If we could repeat that, it would be brilliant. I want to play my part for the team and, if I do play a part, I want to do it well for the team."

The cup game is one every player from both clubs want to be involved in, but Armstrong is no guarantee to feature.

Over the past few weeks he has found himself out of the side, playing a combined four minutes over the past five Scottish Premiership games.

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