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  • Armstrong: Players thrive under expectation to win every trophy

    Armstrong: Players thrive under expectation to win every trophy

    By: Tony Connelly on 24 Nov, 2017 14:34

  • STUART Armstrong says Celtic cannot afford to dwell on their failures or successes as every team in Scotland strives to end the Hoops’ unbeaten record, including Motherwell who stand between Celtic and their fourth consecutive trophy under Brendan Rodgers this Sunday.

    The Hoops will have had three days to recover from the Champions League disappointment against Paris Saint-Germain when they meet Motherwell in the League Cup final at Hampden.

    Speaking to the media at Lennoxtown today, Armstrong said that the League Cup holders will be mentally refreshed from their gruelling European duties and determined to win another trophy.

    “We want to bounce back and have a positive result,” said Armstrong. “Football’s all about moving on from game to game and not dwelling too much on what’s just happened.”

    “In football, if there’s disappointment you have to move on fast. There’s a game every three days for the next month, so we have to move on and be fully focused on the next game. It’ll be tough certainly but we don’t think about past results. Our concern is the League Cup. We’ve had a very good run so far and we’re looking to continue that on Sunday.”

    The 3-0 victory over Aberdeen in last season's final was the club’s 100th trophy and Brendan Rodgers’ first in what turned out to be an unprecedented treble-winning invincibles season.

    When asked about the pressure to retain the trophy and the unbeaten domestic run, Armstrong added: “Life at Celtic is full of expectation. You have to win trophies. You have to win every game. As a Celtic player you learn to deal with that and that’s part and parcel of playing here.

    “Hampden has been a good ground for us recently. We have some happy memories in the Scottish Cup and League Cup last year, but it’s a new game and a new opponent. Every game is different, so we’ll need to make sure we’re focused and competing. “

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