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24th Jun, 2018 | 1:57pm

Big game player can replace Armstrong and save Celtic millions on a replacement


With Stuart Armstrong set to leave Celtic and join Southampton for £7million, thoughts have been turning to the Hoops’ replacement for the 26-year-old.

The likes of John McGinn have been mentioned, but perhaps the player who can replace Armstrong is already at the club – Callum McGregor.

The 25-year-old seems to have taken over from Armstrong as the player who scores big goals at important times, after scoring seven goals in 2016-17 he hit double figures last season with 12 goals.

The goals he has scored have often been vital ones, such as against Rangers and the opener in the recent Scottish Cup final win over Motherwell.

The best thing about McGrgeor is that he has often played and scored whilst playing in an unfamiliar position, on the wing.

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If he was in his natural position, attacking midfield, which Armstrong used to occupy, he could easily beat Armstrong’s best total of 17 goals in a season.

Even better, using McGregor in Armstrong’s position could free up Lewis Morgan – or Scott Sinclair – to take his place on the wing and allow McGregor to roam around the midfield, getting on the end of loose balls on the edge of the penalty area.

The Bhoys could also save money on Armstrong’s replacement too, and bring in some other defenders or even another striker with the money they will receive from Southampton.

In other Celtic news, the Hoops should spend their Armstrong windfall in defence

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