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Stuart Armstrong admits finding things tough at Celtic

Heart of Midlothian's Callum Paterson (R) in action with Celtic's Stuart Armstrong

Stuart Armstrong has been at Celtic for 18 months now.

Celtic's Stuart Armstrong celebrates after scoring their second goal

Stuart Armstrong has told the Glasgow Evening Times that he has found things tough since moving to Celtic.

The central midfielder joined Celtic in January 2015 from Dundee United, but he has not yet secured a first-team place.

The central-midfielder was rotated in and out of the team under Ronny Deila’s stewardship, and he admits that it was difficult not playing a starting role every week.

Celtic's Stuart Armstrong in action

“It’s been tough at times with so many players in that area,” he admitted. “You knew last season that if you put in a bad performance, you’d be out the team.

“It’s difficult but that’s what happens at a big club and you need manage that.

“There are a lot of circumstances to take into consideration but competition is healthy.”

Armstrong made 39 appearances in total last season, but he had spells where he was kept on the substitutes’ bench.

Whether he will play a more prominent role under Rodgers remains to be seen, but his performances in pre-season have been impressive so far.

Celtic's Stuart Armstrong (R) in action with Kilmarnock's Mark O’Hara (L)

Armstrong has featured in both friendlies that Celtic have played in Slovenia to date, and he has caught the eye through his performances.

The Bhoys have avoided defeat in both the pre-season matches that they have played so far.

Celtic’s first competitive game of the season comes in Champions League qualification later this month.

Heart of Midlothian's Callum Paterson (R) in action with Celtic's Stuart Armstrong

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