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Monday 18 December 2017

Stuart Armstrong's keen to learn at Parkhead

Stuart Armstrong
Stuart Armstrong

Stuart Armstrong spent last night hastily writing an Open University law degree essay after it was put on hold to complete his transfer to Celtic.

The 22-year-old midfielder made the move from Dundee United to Parkhead on Monday, signing a three-and-a-half-year deal just before the transfer window closed.

He was joined by team-mate Gary Mackay-Steven, who, having already signed a pre-contract agreement with the Hoops, fast-forwarded his departure from Tannadice after the two clubs agreed a fee.

The 24-year-old winger signed a four-and-a-half-year deal with the Tayside club reportedly raking in a total of around £2million.

At a joint press conference at Celtic Park, Armstrong confirmed his reputation as one of the game's more cerebral players.

He said: "It has been a busy couple of days. I have an essay due tomorrow morning of 2,000 words that I haven't even started. So once I am done here, I will crack on with that.

"I have got a few months of this year (left) and two more years after that.

"I go through about a month each year thinking about packing it in but I think I will see it through.

"It is a nice thing to have. I had a lot of free time in the afternoon and it was something I was quite interested in at school. I had a look at the Open University and the process - not the work - seemed easy enough.

"And it is useful. It keeps your mind on other thing sometimes. I wouldn't say it is the necessary route for everyone, I think everyone has their own interests. But sometimes it is important to keep your mind off football."

He added: "I'm really happy to be here. It was a great five-and-a-half years with Dundee United but this opportunity was too good to turn down.

"It's not quite sunk in. There is still a lot to think about and to get used to and I'm really looking forward to that.

"Hopefully I can provide a bit of excitement and goals going forward."

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