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24th Jun, 2018 | 12:26pm

Celtic must use Armstrong windfall to shore up obvious weaknesses and not sign replacement


Celtic are likely to be the recipients of £7million very soon, as Stuart Armstrong prepares to join Southampton.

The Daily Mirror live transfer blog on Saturday night (22:14) reports that the 26-year-old has agreed the move to England after talks with the Premier League side, so it seems only a matter of time until the deal is announced.

Now that the Hoops have come into a bit of money, the support will demand that it is spent, even after the recent record-breaking signing of Odsonne Edouard.

There’s no doubt that Brendan Rodgers will be thinking about making additions to his squad with the Armstrong cash, but the Hoops boss shouldn’t buy a like-for-like replacement for the Scotland international.

The Hoops have more than enough midfielders to cover the number of goals that Armstrong used to score in a season, the players that the Hoops really must buy are a left and right-back.

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The full-back area of the Hoops squad has been a glaring weakness for far too long, with Kieran Tierney playing without a suitable back-up for almost two years and Cristian Gamboa not providing much of a challenge to Mikael Lustig.

The Hoops must look for two players who can challenge the regular full-backs at the club, and replace them when the odd occasion may arise.

Buying squad players isn’t always easy, but the Hoops could be doing with more of them, especially in defence. With the Armstrong money burning a hole in his pocket Rodgers is more than capable of making a few good additions to the Hoops side going forward.

In other Celtic news, the Hoops deserve praise for not breaking their team up after winning back to back trebles

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