Celtic

By Aramide Oladipo

Kris Boyd has criticised Celtic midfielder Stuart Armstrong and his agent for the way in which they handled his contract situation and claimed they were “taking some risk”.

The SPL champions confirmed on their official Twitter account that the 25-year-old has signed a brand new two-year deal on Friday.

Contract negotiations with club appeared to have stalled at the end of last season which increased speculation surrounding Armstrong’s future.

The Sun recently reported that Premier League sides Swansea City and Southampton were interested in signing him during the summer transfer window.

Writing in his column for the Scottish Sun, former Scotland international Boyd believes that the midfielder should have committed to the Hoops a long time ago and blames his agent for the delay in the proceedings.

“Why on earth did he allow himself to get into a situation like this?” he wrote

“With all due respect to Armstrong, who I rate highly, he might have found that his agent didn’t have the queue of clubs willing to take him that he hoped.

“There was talk of Southampton for months but if they were so interested they’d have made a move long ago.

“For me, Armstrong and his man were taking some risk.

“Potentially the delay could have cost the player a six-figure sum because, if the agent hasn’t had the foresight to get the contract backdated to when Celtic made their final offer, then he may have lost out on a decent sum.

“As a senior pro, it annoys me how some agents appear to be happy to take risks with players’ careers.”

Hoops supporters will be delighted that he has put pen to paper and extended his stay at Celtic Park.

Armstrong enjoyed a wonderful campaign with the Hoops last season, contributing with 17 goals and seven assists in all competitions and helping Celtic achieve a sensational domestic treble.

The Scotland international has continued to deliver the goods this season, already notching up two goals.

The midfielder is likely to feature as Celtic travel to Kilmarnock in the league match on Saturday afternoon.

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