Celtic captain Scott Brown has paid tribute to Stuart Armstrong, who has left the Hoops after three trophy-laden seasons.
The Hoops lychpin feels that the 26-year-old, who has joined Southampton on a four-year-deal, will be missed for what he brought to the side in big games.
“We wish Stuart all the best – he has been fantastic for this club when he has played” Brown said, as quoted by Sky Sports.
“Last season it was hard for him, a few injuries, and coming in and out of the team.
“But Stuart is a fantastic player, he knows what I think of him personally, and he will be a big miss for this club.”
Armstrong played a big part in the Hoops side which won back to back domestic trebles, scoring 17 goals in 2016-17 for the Hoops.
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Scott Brown’s comments are illuminating, as they show that Stuart Armstrong will be badly missed by his team-mates. Perhaps Hoops fans took him for granted, especially last season, but that doesn’t seem to be the case with Brown, who has been remarkably candid about how much he will be missed by the Bhoys. Armstrong did have the knack of scoring big goals in big games for the Bhoys, especially in the first treble winning season of 2016-17, and players like that are very valuable, so it is little wonder that he was so popular amongst his team-mates. Perhaps, as Armstrong didn’t feature as much last season due to injury, fans have forgotten how big a player he was for the Bhoys. But the first time next season the Hoops are struggling to break down a defence, Armstrong will be missed in that situation, as he was the ideal man to get the goal when it counted.
In other Celtic news, a former Hoops player has backed Armstrong’s decision to leave the club