'He wants to be here' - Rodgers reveals attacker wants to be at Celtic
By Danny Wright
Brendan Rodgers has confessed that he thinks that speculation around Stuart Armstrong’s future at Celtic is having an adverse effect on his performances.
Although the Parkhead boss has revealed that the 25-year-old attacker wants to stay in Glasgow, the Express has recently reported that Premier League side Southampton are ready to approach the Bhoys with a £3million bid.
Armstrong is in the final year of his contract at Celtic and Rodgers has now been left to call upon the board to make sure that the drawn-out situation is resolved as soon as possible in the benefit of all parties involved.
“I genuinely think he wants to be here at Celtic. He just wants it resolved. In fact, he probably wanted it resolved six or seven months ago. But for whatever reason, it hasn’t been,” said the former Liverpool and Swansea boss, as quoted by the Daily Mirror.
“And it is affecting him now. So for him, it’s important to get it resolved because he’s a great lad and I love working with him.
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“But it’s starting to take its toll on him a wee bit. Hopefully it can get sorted and he can settle down again.
“And find the stability and form that he was in for about seven months of last season.”
Attacking midfielder Armstrong was a key part of the Celtic team that stormed to a domestic treble without a single defeat last season.
He was consistently named in Rodgers’ starting line-up, however this term has seen the two-times Scotland international lose his place to summer signing Olivier Ntcham.
Armstrong has failed to start in either of the two opening Scottish Premiership fixtures, but still managed to find the net in the midweek League Cup hammering of Kilmarnock when he played all 90 minutes.
He has started three of the four Champions League fixtures so far, so it remains to be seen whether or not he will feature on the teamsheet for the play-off clash with Astana on Wednesday night.