Bertie Auld urges Celtic 25-year-old to remain at the club amid reported PL interest
By Harvey Byrne
Celtic great Bertie Auld has urged current midfielder Stuart Armstrong to remain at the Glasgow club amid interest from Premier League cubs.
The 25-year-old midfielder has been one of the stars of the Hoops’ eleven this season and this has led to the Express claiming earlier in the week that Everton were looking to stage a bid for the 25-year-old attacking midfielder, while West Brom and Brighton were also watching closely.
However, it is clear that those associated with Celtic want Armstrong to remain in Glasgow beyond his current deal at the club which is set to expire this summer.
Former Scotland international would also agree with this mindset and he has explained that while Armstrong could earn more money in England, if he remains at Celtic he could become a legend.
“I don’t have any doubts there will be clubs, and by that I mean the likes of Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool, looking at him,” told Auld, as quoted by the Daily Record in their live blog on Wednesday afternoon (12.01pm).
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“I’d love to see him stay though. Stuart may be able to make more money in England but he’s only been with Celtic a couple of years and, if he stays, he can become a legend.”
Armstrong joined Celtic in February 2015 alongside Gary Mackay-Steven from Dundee United.
He struggled in his first full season at the club under former boss Ronny Delia with the Scotsman often playing out on the left of the midfield.
However, he has not looked back since summer appointment Brendan Rodgers started playing him in a more central role and he has managed a return of 14 goals and seven assists in 30 outings this season.
Celtic fans will now be hoping he listens to Auld’s advice and does in fact ignore the attention from the Premier League this season.
In other Celtic transfer news, the Hoops have been made joint second favourites with Leeds to sign this England international.