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14th Jun, 2018 | 1:40pm

Celtic midfielder confirms he wants summer move, four PL sides make contact - report

Celtic midfielder Stuart Armstrong has revealed that he is planning to quit the Hoops in the summer, according to a report.

The Daily Record claims that the 26-year-old has confirmed that he wants to leave the Bhoys in the hope of winning a move to the English Premier League.

The report goes on to disclose that the Premier League quartet of Southampton, Crystal Palace, Brighton and Fulham have all made enquiries about the availability of the former Dundee United man.

Armstrong joined the Hoops in 2015 from the Tannadice club, and in that time he has scored 34 goals in his three-and-a-half years at the club, with half of those goals coming in the 2016-17 season.

Football Insider verdict

No Celtic fans will be surprised by this move, as it has seemed to be on the cards since last summer. Stuart Armstrong’s failure to sign what was more than a one year contract extension signalled that he didn’t see his long-term future in Glasgow. It is hard to begrudge him that, after all, footballers need to look after themselves first and foremost. But Hoops fans and Brendan Rodgers will still be slightly disappointed that the Scotland international looks set to move on this summer. It is hard to sum up Armstrong’s career with the Bhoys, as it has been dominated by one fantastic season – 2016-17 – where his 17 goals were pivotal to the Hoops winning the domestic treble. He has failed to reach those heights either before or since then, and if the Hoops are able to get a decent sum of money for Armstrong from one of the interested clubs, then there will be no hard feelings over his exit.

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