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18th Aug, 2017 | 1:54pm

BBC pundit claims Celtic could sell star in the future after struggling to repeat last season's form

By Harvey Byrne

BBC Sport Scotland pundit Steven Thompson feels that Celtic star attacker Stuart Armstrong hasn’t hit the same form as he had in the last campaign.

The 25-year-old attacking midfielder played a huge part in the Hoops’ treble winning campaign last season, scoring a fine 17 goals in 47 appearances in all competitions alongside turning provider on seven occasions.

This season he has scored twice in eight outings in all competitions, but Thompson feels that Armstrong had previously been affected by the ongoing transfer saga, which was rectified on Friday after Celtic handed him a new two-year deal.

Thompson believes it is very good business for Celtic, claiming the club could now still sell him in the future for his true value following the extension.

“Brilliant, it’s good news for him and for Celtic,” started Thompson speaking on BBC Sport Scotland’s Facebook page regarding Armstrong’s new deal.

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“There’s no doubt that it had probably been playing on his mind in this early part of the season as he hasn’t quite hit the form he hit last year, but now he can concentrate on the football.”

Thompson then added further along: “He’s a big player for them, he made a massive contribution in the treble last season and I think it’s great business for Celtic, he’s still a young player and yeah they probably could sell him in a years time, or whenever.”

Armstrong made the switch to Celtic in 2015 from Dundee United alongside Gary Mackay-Steven.

Like Mackay-Steven, Armstrong struggled to initially make the step up to the Hoops level and it wasn’t until Brendan Rodgers was appointed last summer and then moved him from the left to the centre of midfield that he excelled.

He will now be hoping to continue impressing, while Celtic fans will want to see him line-up in their side for years to come.

In other Celtic news, Craig Gordon has given his verdict on the Hoops’ goal machine signing.

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