Celtic are running away with the Scottish Premier League title once again, and despite an early exit from the Champions League, Brendan Rodgers’ side have an enticing Europa League tie against Zenit St Petersburg to look forward to.
Hoops fans here in The Transfer Tavern are optimistic of progressing past the Russian giants, but know they will have to be on top of their game when they face the European regulars next month. Over a pint fans told our landlord that they were keen to see new additions to the squad this month, and this may become even more important now, following reports in The Daily Record that midfielder Stuart Armstrong is set for a spell on the sidelines after undergoing a hernia operation in Germany.
The long-running injury has finally been addressed after Armstrong spent time in Dubai with the club for warm weather training, and the 25-year-old could be ruled out for several weeks. However the good news for Celtic fans is that the injury won’t keep the popular player out for long, with Armstrong expected to return ahead of the first-leg with Zenit at Parkhead in mid-February.
Landlord’s Verdict: Armstrong has played well for Celtic this season despite carrying this injury, and the club have taken the sensible decision to have the issue resolved through surgery during the short mid-season break.
The 25-year-old former Dundee United man has emerged as a key man in this Celtic side, and news that he won’t be out for long will be met with great relief by watching fans. Armstrong will hope to return to help Celtic progress to the next round of European competition.
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