CELTIC midfielder Stuart Armstrong is anxious to be involved in Scotland’s friendly against Hungary in Budapest tonight.

The 25-year-old playmaker hasn’t started a game in 2018 following his hernia operation in January.

Armstrong came on a second-half substitute for the Hoops’ games against Rangers at Ibrox and Motherwell at Fir Park earlier this month.

Returning international boss Alex McLeish introduced him off the bench just before the hour mark in Friday’s 1-0 defeat against Costa Rica at Hampden.

The former Dundee United player admitted he needs some game-time as he attempts to build his match fitness.

Armstrong said: “I had five minutes against Rangers, 30 minutes against Motherwell and then another half-an-hour against Costa Rica, so I’m definitely feeling much better physically now than I did in December.

“I’m much more like myself again. I’m feeling good and really looking forward to being involved in the big games between now and the end of the season.

“It was difficult because  the hernia been bothering me for a fair length of time and, obviously, it was a situation which needed to be resolved.

“It wasn’t something which I could keep putting off. There’s no doubt that it was beginning to affect me.

“So, I’m just glad that I was able to finally get it sorted, even though it did take a little longer for me to recover from the surgery than, ideally, I would have liked.

“But I’m back now and I’m ready to go again.”

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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