Stuart Armstrong opens up on Brendan Rodgers' impact on his Celtic career

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers

Celtic are cruising at the top of the Scottish Premiership table under Rodgers.

Celtic midfielder Stuart Armstrong has told the Daily Record that he is finally proving his worth for the Scottish champions because Brendan Rodgers has managed to get the best out of him.

Form and fitness issues have slowed Armstrong’s progress since he arrived at Celtic Park from Dundee United in 2015, while struggling to make an impact when deployed usually in a wide midfield position under Ronny Deila.

However, former Liverpool manager Rodgers, who has developed a reputation as a manager capable of getting the best out of his key players, has altered the duties of the 2013 SFWA Young Player of the Year, giving him more defensive responsibilities and putting him in a more central role.

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers

And Armstrong has repaid his manager with arguably his most impressive performances in a Celtic shirt, having impressed with a goal in The Hoops’ comeback win against Motherwell on Saturday, leading the 24-year-old to praise the impact of Rodgers on his fortunes.

“We play a high-pressing style and I’ve been working really hard to develop the defensive side of my game and combine that with a bit of creativity,” the 24-year-old told the Daily Record.

Celtic's Stuart Armstrong shoots at goal

“Obviously, playing central midfield is a big thing for me as it’s a position I really enjoy. It shows on the pitch I’m more comfortable there.

“I’m really enjoying my football at the moment.

“I’ve had a few issues with fitness and injuries in the past, but feel really good at the moment. I feel as if I’m developing and that’s really pleasing as it’s helping me become a more rounded player.”

Celtic's Stuart Armstrong in action

Armstrong has been one of Celtic’s stand out players in recent months, with his excellent performances in the centre of the park keeping the likes of Nir Bitton on the sidelines.DO: Ce

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