Made It Tough For Ourselves - Brendan Rodgers As Celtic Edge Out Dundee

The midfielder will join up with the Scotland squad this week ahead of the global double header against Canada and Slovenia.

He said: "It is an honour and my family are proud of me".

"I've always believed global football is about technique, speed, mobility and a tactical awareness of the game to play at a high level".

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers praised his players for showing the determination needed to dig out a 2-1 victory against Dundee that puts them on the verge of the Scottish Premiership title.

Rodgers' own focus has shifted beyond the global break and specifically to when Celtic are due at Tynecastle to play Hearts, on 2 April.

'So he has all the tools to play at the top level of worldwide football in a really quick game.

"He has this inbuilt brain to score goals and different types of goals".

"He's a big talent and he's only going one way, which is nice for Celtic and for Scotland", said Rodgers. "It was our intention to win every trophy, that was our idea". "I had to pull out because of injury and it was a frustrating time".

Admitting his Scotland debut will be a "special moment", Armstrong added: 'I think I am a little bit older now and a little bit more experienced, especially with the Champions League experience and the pressures of that and accepting the pressures of winning every week with Celtic and being happy with that.

"That was our aim and this is the next one, but there are still nine games to go".

Dundee, meanwhile, remain in eighth place, four points off the top six.

Dundee might have retrieved a draw when Marcus Haber found space to meet a cross at a favourable angle near the back post, but could only glance his header off target and the Dark Blues were left to rue a third single-goal defeat by Celtic this season. We never created too much in the first half but we still deserved to be in front.

El Bakhtaoui claimed his goal was one of the best strikes of his career.

The 24-year-old's fine performances this term have seen him recognised by the Scotland global team.

  • Julie Sanders