Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers backs Stuart Armstrong to shine for Scotland

Alex Mc Leish- Aston Villa Manager

Alex Mc Leish- Aston Villa Manager

A two-goal lead after 50 minutes or so usually precedes a remorseless tide of Celtic attacks and for a spell there were signs that Dundee might crumble as so many others have done in this campaign.

However, the home side were thrown a lifeline when substitute Faissal El Bakhtaoui reduced the deficit in the 76th minute and Celtic had to defend hard in the final few minutes of the game to keep Dundee at bay and earn the three points. I have always believed that global football is about technique, speed, mobility and a tactical awareness of the game.

Goals from Jozo Simunovic and Stuart Armstrong were enough to see off a spirited fightback from the Dark Blues, and puts the Bhoys within one win from retaining the trophy.

Brendan Rodgers feels his Celtic side made it tougher for themselves than it should have been in their 2-1 win over Dundee at Dens Park. "He's a big talent and he's only going one way, which is nice for Celtic and for Scotland".

The 24-year-old's fine performances this term have seen him recognised by the Scotland global team. And those elements of the game he has.

Rodgers' own focus has shifted beyond the worldwide break and specifically to when Celtic are due at Tynecastle to play Hearts, on 2 April. We have tried to play the game a different away this season which hopefully he has benefited from tactically, and his speed and mobility are there to see.

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Rodgers is not concerned when confirmation comes, so long as it comes.

Rodgers said: "It would be a good to win it at Tynecastle".

Singling out Armstrong's display, Rodgers added: 'I thought he was outstanding again.

"Overall I am pleased with the boys and how they worked". So this is our next one.

"Yes I think so", he said. "The ideal scenario would be you win it yourself but I will take Dundee winning it". "But I'll take Dundee winning".

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