Burnley trials midfielder makes breakthrough at Falkirk

Airdrie teenager Johnny Armstrong hopes Falkirk can give him a platform to launch his career, and says it’s up to him to seize the opportunity.

The 17-year-old midfielder was benched for Bairns in their 2-1 Ligue 1 home loss to Clyde on December 26, and will hope that’s just a taste of what’s to come.

The former Caldervale High pupil Armstrong had a decent footing in the game, having come through youth training at Motherwell and he was given a trial at Burnley in August last year.

The Turf Moore club were unable to offer a two-year scholarship, neither was Watford, and Armstrong was about to sign a year at Fleetwood Town when Falkirk rushed to bring him on.

Former Gartcairn youngster Armstrong was initially under contract with the Under-18s but was very quickly brought into the first-team line-up by boss Martin Rennie.

“Honestly, it was a big step to play under 18, but I thoroughly enjoyed it,” Armstrong said.

“I was in training with the Under-18s for a few weeks, but the gaffer saw me, brought me in, and I’ve been there ever since,

“It was a great experience to be with and about all the boys, who played at a good level, so it’s been great since I’ve been there.

“I’ve been in the first team for about four or five months.

“I did the bench a few weeks ago for the first time, so that’s a good start.

Johnny has played in rebounding games for Falkirk’s first team so far

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“Coming onto the pitch would be great, to make my debut, especially considering my young age.

“Getting that chance could be great, so if I can make my debut this year that would be great.”

Johnny added: “I want to try and play at the best possible level, whether it’s Scotland, England or wherever, that’s my goal.

“I’ve had people talk to me and tell me I’m good enough, and I believe in myself too.

“I have the platform to go out and play at a good level, and I’m also confident in my own abilities.”

Armstrong says for now, he’s just going to soak up whatever experience he can get.

He said: “I went to Burnley for a trial and it’s helped hundreds of people, with all the different things you learn because it’s a lot more in-depth which has helped a lot when you get into an environment. first team.

“The Falkirk guys have helped me tremendously, players like Gary Miller and Paul Dixon always talk to me, give me advice and little tips, and they’ve been brilliant with me.

“It’s been really good to work with so many different coaches in my career, and it prepares you to step into first-team football.

“Everyone has been brilliant that I’ve worked with.”

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