Stuart Armstrong

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Stuart Armstrong
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Armstrong in July 2017.
Personal information
Date of birth (1992-03-30) 30 March 1992 (age 26)
Place of birth Inverness, Scotland
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Southampton
Number 17
Youth career
2003–2008 Dyce Boys Club
2008–2009 Inverness Caledonian Thistle
2009–2010 Dundee United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2015 Dundee United 126 (18)
2015–2018 Celtic 98 (23)
2018– Southampton 1 (0)
National team
2010–2011 Scotland U19 7 (2)
2010–2014 Scotland U21 20 (4)
2017– Scotland 6 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15:09, 12 August 2018 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 11:36, 31 March 2018 (UTC)

Stuart Armstrong (born 30 March 1992) is a Scottish professional footballer who plays for Southampton and the Scotland national team as a midfielder. He began his career with Dundee United, making his debut in 2010 and going on to make almost 150 appearances. Armstrong moved to Celtic in February 2015, and helped them win four Scottish league championships and consecutive domestic trebles. He then moved to Premier League club Southampton in June 2018.

Armstrong represented Scotland at under-19 and under-21 level, then made his full international debut in 2017. He was voted as the SFWA Young Player of the Year in 2013 and has been named in the PFA Scotland Team of the Year for the Scottish Premiership three times. He was also nominated twice for the PFA Scotland Young Player of the Year.

Early life[edit]

Born in Inverness, Armstrong attended Hazlehead Academy in Aberdeen, alongside fellow footballer Fraser Fyvie.[1] Armstrong grew up idolizing Gianfranco Zola.[2]

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Armstrong formerly played for Dyce Boys Club and Inverness Caledonian Thistle before joining Dundee United in July 2009.[3]

Dundee United[edit]

2010–11[edit]

Armstrong made his first team debut for Dundee United in November 2010, coming on as a substitute in a 1–0 win over Hamilton.[4] Two months later, on 12 January 2011, he provided his first assist, crossing for David Goodwillie to score as his side won 2–0 against Motherwell.[5] Throughout the rest of the season, Armstrong was in and out of the team, making twelve appearance. Manager Peter Houston praised Armstrong on his substitute role.[6]

2011–12[edit]

The next season, Armstrong swapped between starting and coming off the bench as an impact sub. In a match against Inverness Caledonian Thistle, on 10 December 2011, he provided a double assist, in the second-half, to make a comeback win, which his side won 3–2. Armstrong then scored his first goal for United in a 2–2 draw against St Mirren in December 2011.[7] After the match, Armstrong says scoring his first goal was his first proper strike, having scored but it was deflected against Inverness.[1]

2012–13[edit]

Armstrong training with Dundee United, before a European match with Dynamo Moscow.

The next season, Armstrong made his European debut in the Europa League third qualifying round, second leg, which ended in a 5–0 loss against Russian side Dynamo Moscow. After making six appearance this season, Armstrong agreed a three-year contract with Dundee United in September 2012.[8] Armstrong signed a new contract with United in October 2012.[9] Armstrong scored his first goal of the season on 24 November, in a 2–1 win over Ross County.[10][11] In mid-December, Armstong provided two assists in consecutive matches against Dundee and Inverness. Having made six appearances in February, Armstrong was awarded Clydesdale Bank Premier League Young Player of the Month.[12] Armstrong was nominated for SPFA young player of the year,[13] but it was awarded to Hibernian's Leigh Griffiths.[14] He did, however, go on to win the SFWA Young Player of the Year award.[15]

2013–14[edit]

In the 2013–14 season, Armstrong started his season well, scoring goals against Hibernian and St Johnstone.[16][17] Armstrong and Dundee United began negotiations over a new contract[18] and on 12 December, he signed a one-year contract extension.[19] Armstrong expressed an ambition to play in England in the future, but said he was happy to wait until he had established himself in the first team.[2] In the January 2014 transfer window, the Daily Mail reported that Celtic were considering making a move for Armstrong,[20] and that they were also interested in some of the club's other youngsters.[21] This was later dismissed as "speculation" by Celtic manager Neil Lennon.[22] In April 2014, he was nominated for the 2013–14 PFA Scotland Young Player of the Year award.[23] He was also selected to the 2013–14 Premiership PFA Scotland Team of the Year.[24]

2014–15[edit]

Armstrong scored once and claimed two assists in November 2014 in wins over Kilmarnock[25] and Motherwell.[26] Armstrong scored twice more in league victories in December 2014 against Ross County[27] and Celtic.[28] He also registered assists in back-to-back matches in December 2014, in the defeat of Celtic[28] and then the league defeat to St Johnstone[29] In January 2015, Armstrong claimed a further two league goals and three assists in victories against Dundee[30] and Hamilton Accies[31] and another league goal in a draw with St Mirren.[32] His last match for Dundee United came in a New Firm derby defeat of Aberdeen in a 2014–15 Scottish League Cup semi-final on 31 January 2015.[33] Armstrong made 150 appearances, starting 109 matches, and scored 22 goals in all competitions for Dundee United before joining Celtic.[33][34]

Celtic[edit]

2014–15[edit]

In January 2015, Dundee United turned down two transfer offers from Celtic for Armstrong,[35] however the transfer was completed on 2 February 2015, alongside fellow Dundee United player Gary Mackay-Steven.[36] Armstrong denied requesting the transfer.[37] Both players would be ineligible for the remaining Scottish Cup and Scottish League Cup ties as Celtic chased a domestic treble.[36] Armstrong and Mackay-Steven were later given the nickname Zig and Zag by the staff at Celtic.[38]

Armstrong scored on his Celtic debut in a 3–0 league victory at Partick Thistle on 11 February 2015.[39] He gave Celtic a 2–0 lead after fellow debutante Gary Mackay-Steven opened the scoring.[39] Armstrong made his Celtic Park and European debut in a 3–3 draw with Inter Milan in the UEFA Europa League on 19 February 2015.[40][41]

2015–16[edit]

Armstrong made his first appearance of the 2015–16 season, in the UEFA Champions League second qualifying round first leg tie against Stjarnan, assisting the second goal in a 2–0 home win.[42][43] He scored his first goals of the season with a second-half brace, in a 4–2 league win against Inverness CT on August 15.[44][45] He claimed assists in back-to-back matches in January, in wins against Dundee United and Hamilton, the latter result was an 8–1 home victory, the biggest recorded league win since the formation of the Scottish Premiership in 2013.[46][47] His next goal came in a 3–1 league defeat of St Johnstone four days later.[48][49]

2016–17[edit]

Armstrong enjoyed a productive 2016–17 season, scoring 17 goals in all competitions as Celtic won a domestic treble.[50]

2017–18[edit]

Celtic won a second successive domestic treble in 2017–18, but Armstrong's season was interrupted by injuries.[50][51] In June 2018, Celtic agreed a £7 million transfer fee for Armstrong with Premier League club Southampton.[50]

Southampton[edit]

Armstrong signed a four-year contract with Southampton in June 2018.[52][53] He said he wanted to "hit the ground running" at the club.[54]

International career[edit]

Armstrong represented Scotland at under-19 and under-21 levels.[55][56] On 21 May 2013, Armstrong was called up for the senior team, along with his Dundee United teammate Gary Mackay-Steven.[57] He was called up again by the national team in August 2015,[58] and again in March 2017.[59] Armstrong made his full international debut on 26 March 2017, in a 1–0 win against Slovenia.[60] National team manager Gordon Strachan called it "the best Scotland debut I have ever seen."[61] In September 2017 he was ruled out of two 2018 World Cup qualifying games through injury.[51]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 12 August 2018
Club Season League Scottish Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Dundee United 2010–11[62] Scottish Premier League 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 0
2011–12[63] Scottish Premier League 23 1 3 0 2 0 0 0 28 1
2012–13[64] Scottish Premier League 36 3 4 0 2 0 1 0 43 3
2013–14[65] Scottish Premiership 36 8 5 3 2 0 0 0 43 11
2014–15[66] Scottish Premiership 20 6 1 0 3 0 0 0 24 6
Total 126 18 13 3 9 0 1 0 149 21
Celtic 2014–15[66] Scottish Premiership 15 1 0 0 0 0 2 1 17 2
2015–16[67] Scottish Premiership 25 4 1 0 2 0 11 0 39 4
2016–17[68] Scottish Premiership 31 15 4 2 3 0 9 0 47 17
2017–18[69] Scottish Premiership 27 3 1 0 1 0 10 1 39 4
Total 98 23 6 2 6 0 32 2 142 27
Southampton 2018–19[70] Premier League 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Career Total 225 41 19 5 15 0 33 2 292 48

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Scotland's goal tally first.[71]
No Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 1 September 2017 LFF Stadium, Vilnius, Lithuania  Lithuania 1–0 3–0 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification

Honours[edit]

Celtic[72]

Individual

Personal life[edit]

In 2014, Armstrong was studying for a law degree through the Open University in his spare time.[76][77]

References[edit]

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External links[edit]

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