BBC pundit Steven Thompson raves about Celtic midfielder Stuart Armstrong, highlights the big change in him this season

Celtic's Stuart Armstrong shoots at goal

Steven Thompson has hailed Celtic midfielder Stuart Armstrong.

Celtic's Stuart Armstrong in actionCeltic's Stuart Armstrong in action

Pundit Steven Thompson has told BBC Sport's Sportscene that Celtic ace Stuart Armstrong should be in the Scotland squad.

Celtic picked up yet another victory on Friday evening, as they travelled away to Kilmarnock and came back with a 1-0 victory after Armstrong's winner.

Armstrong latched on to Moussa Dembele's pass to burst into the penalty area and slot confidently into the net, picking up his third goal of the season.

The midfielder, 24, endured a frustrating season under Ronny Deila last term, grabbing just four goals in 24 appearances in the league as he struggled to nail down a place in Deila's starting line-up.

Celtic's Stuart Armstrong and Astana's Igor Shitov challenge for the ballCeltic's Stuart Armstrong and Astana's Igor Shitov challenge for the ball

This season though, Armstrong has not only impressed in midfield having notched three goals in nine league games, but he has even filled in at right back, performing so well that manager Brendan Rodgers called him 'The Blonde Cafu' in an interview with The Scotsman earlier this month.

Armstrong is developing into the player Celtic thought they were signing from Dundee United back in February 2015, and Rodgers' work with him is a major reason for that improvement.

Now, ahead of tonight's Champions League clash with Barcelona, pundit Steven Thompson has told BBC Sport's Sportscene that Armstrong should, without a doubt, be in the Scotland squad having impressed this season.

Celtic's Stuart Armstrong shoots at goalCeltic's Stuart Armstrong shoots at goal

Thompson noted a big change in Armstrong by suggesting that he now believes he should be playing every week for Celtic, bringing confidence and energy to Rodgers' side, but urged him to score more goals from midfield.

"He should in the Scotland squad without a doubt in my opinion," said Thompson. "He really does have all the attributes. One thing he is doing now is he's believing that he should be playing every week for Celtic, as he's started the last five games. I think he should be scoring more goal than he is, he's a player playing with massive amounts of confidence, and he brings such energy to the team," he added.

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