GORDON STRACHAN has acclaimed Stuart Armstrong’s debut performance in the 1-0 World Cup qualifying win over Slovenia as the “best ever” for a Scotland new boy.

The Celtic midfielder set up Chris Martin for the 88th-minute winner in the crucial confrontation at Hampden last night.

The international boss was full of praise for the 24-year-old newcomer.

Taking an overall view of the game, Strachan said: “I’m very proud, it wasn’t easy.

“I’m really delighted for them all, everybody in the squad including the guys who were injured and stayed on to watch.

“Considering the pressure they were all under, they really should be proud of themselves. They have re-energised the nation. 

“We’ve got ourselves back in contention and we look forward to the next game.

“We take a lot of things from this occasion and I’ve got to say, Stuart Armstrong could be the best Scottish debut I’ve ever seen.”

However, the work is not over yet for Scotland and Strachan is already preparing for the visit of England at Hampden for the next game on Saturday, June 10.

He added: “We’ve got certain areas we can build on.”


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