The lack of movement on Celtic midfielder Stuart Armstrong’s contract makes it seem likely that the player will depart the Hoops for pastures new in the summer.

The player signed a new two year deal at the start of the season, which means that his contract runs out at the end of the 2018/19 season.

The Hoops can’t afford to have a player go into the last year of his contract as there is always the danger that he might leave the club for free.

Armstrong has been a good, at times excellent player for the Hoops since joining the Bhoys from Dundee United in 2015.

His best season by far was last season, where his 17 goals from midfield were invaluable as the Hoops clinched their first domestic treble since 2001.

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This season, despite being a mainstay of the side with 35 appearances so far, hasn’t been as productive, as he has only scored four goals so far.

Armstrong has just returned to the Hoops side after recovering from a hernia injury which kept him out of action for six weeks, but unless he ups his game he is going to find it difficult to find a regular first-team place.

His lack of opportunites may continue if the contract situation continues, and the player and Brendan Rodgers have to sort the problem out sooner rather than later.

At the moment however, it wouldn’t be at all surprising if Armstrong moved on in the summer.

In other Celtic news, the Hoops have been linked with Real Zaragoza centre-forward Borja Iglesias

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