By Harvey Byrne
Celtic assistant manager Chris Davies has revealed midfield star Stuart Armstrong has said he wants to stay at the Glasgow giants amid interest from Premier League clubs.
The Express claimed 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 said to be keeping tabs on the Scotsman.
The player has formed a key part of Brendan Rodgers’ unbeaten Celtic team this season and has become a firm favourite with supporters after his displays.
Now, fans will be happy to hear that Rodgers number two Davies has told that Armstrong wants to stay and that the club wants to keep their best players.
“One of the consequences of what we’re achieving and what we’re doing is that people get linked with other clubs. That’s a positive because it means you are doing something really good. It’s a ‘well done’ to the whole team and the individuals for their performances,” told Davies, as quoted by the Express.
“Stuart has said he wants to stay. We want to keep our best players here.
“We’re building and developing a team and players. We love working with Stu and his game has developed.
“I’ve been aware of his comments regarding Brendan’s development of him as a player and he feels that bond with the manager.”
Armstrong has played in 30 matches for Celtic this season, returning 14 goals and providing seven assists.
He has risen to stardom in a new central position under summer appointment Rodgers this season and supporters will now be hoping he’s lining up in their colours again next season.
The one-time capped Scotland international still has a year remaining on his Celtic contract and fans will now also be hoping that the club can extend his deal.
In other Celtic transfer news, Neil Lennon has revealed he could sell John McGinn to the Hoops.