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Dundee Utd's Armstrong juggles footballs with law degree

Dundee United midfielder Stuart Armstrong has revealed that he is sharing his football duties with a law degree.

The 22-year old Inverness-born Scotland U21 international has been a professional footballer since joining the Tangerines' senior ranks in 2010 but has opted to study away from the pitch.

While studying a passion is not normal for pro footballers in this day and age, Armstrong believes it is a path that many others could soon go down in order to prepare them for life after sport.

"I'm studying for a degree in law through the Open University. They send out all the materials so you basically do it online at home," he told the Daily Record.

"A couple of years ago, I was finding that I had a lot of free time after training and was getting quite bored. It had been in my mind for a while so I just decided to go for it.

"It fits in well after training. It's a manageable amount of studying that doesn't affect my football.

"It's over six years and it's just general law before it gets a bit more refined later in the course.

"I'm in my second year now and I feel it could be useful to me later in life, after football.

"But the decision was initially made due to boredom. I had nothing to do after training. Some boys are quite happy with a lot of free time but not me."

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