Celtic’s Stuart Armstrong was back to his best in the 3-0 win over Ross County on Sunday.
He dominated the game in an all-action performance reminiscent of his very best performances for the Bhoys last season, which was topped off with a goal, only his fifth of the season.
What was all the more impressive about the performance was that it was the 26-year-old’s first start since December, after having a hernia operation.
Armstrong is such a good player and in the prime of his career, that he should be the heart of the Hoops team for years to come, but sadly for supporters it is more likely that he will be sold in the summer.
The Scotland international will only have one year on his contract left at the end of the season, and the Hoops board and manager Brendan Rodgers will want to avoid a repeat of last season, where Armstrong’s contract issue dragged throughout the summer and he only signed what was in effect a one year extension to his deal.
Armstrong has been linked with a move to England, with the Sunday Post reporting in January that Southampton were set to offer £10milllion for the player, a sum which seems a tad unrealistic.
With the Champions League qualifiers beginning in July, the Hoops can’t afford to be messed around by players who don’t seem to have a long-term commitment to the club, which is why if a good bid for Armstrong comes in, the Hoops would be likely to accept it.
It would be upsetting for supporters but getting some money for the player is preferable to him leaving on a free in a years’ time. The Hoops can’t let that happen, and it wouldn’t be a surprise at all if Armstrong is playing for a new club next season.
In other Celtic news, Brendan Rodgers was furious with a bad challenge on Scott Brown in the Ross County match