Stuart Armstrong eager for Barca redemption


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Celtic are determined to erase the memories of their Barcelona mauling when they entertain the La Liga champions on Wednesday, according to midfielder Stuart Armstrong.

The Bhoys were carved apart when the sides met at Camp Nou in September, Barcelona dishing out a 7-0 thrashing – the heaviest European defeat in Celtic’s history.

Armstrong, who netted the winner for Brendan Rodgers’ side at Kilmarnock on Friday, admitted there is a sense of wanting to restore some pride when they meet Barcelona in Glasgow.

The 24-year-old came off the bench for the final 20 minutes at Camp Nou and he is hopeful of being involved from the start this time around.

“Everyone wants to play in the Champions League and against the world’s best players and we have a chance to redeem ourselves on Wednesday after the disappointing away game, so we are looking forward to that and we will make sure we prepare right,” he said.

Celtic were not at their best on the artificial surface at Rugby Park against Kilmarnock, their free-flowing football noticeably absent.

Armstrong struck the only goal with a tidy finish from inside the box just before half-time and he felt it was vital to get that victory ahead of a big week that also includes a League Cup Final against Aberdeen on Sunday.

“We have an important week ahead of us with the Champions League and the League Cup final. We wanted to have good momentum with a win and now we can focus on [those games],” he added.

Celtic are 10.00 to beat Barcelona at Parkhead. The Catalans are 1.25 while the draw is 5.50.

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