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22nd Aug, 2017 | 6:30pm

Chris Sutton: I wouldn't be surprised if Celtic sold 25-year-old

By Harvey Byrne

Outspoken pundit and former Celtic star Chris Sutton has told that he wouldn’t be surprised if the Glasgow giants sold Stuart Armstrong in January just days after he signed a new deal.

The Hoops announced last week that the 25-year-old attacking midfield star had agreed a new two-year deal with his old contract set to expire next summer, seeing a number of Premier League side’s linked with a move.

However, Sutton believes that due to the short length of the new deal alongside the summer signing of Olivier Ntcham that Celtic may look to move Armstrong away from Parkhead in the winter window.

“It’s a short-term contract, he’ll be in the same position this next summer as he (Armstrong) was this summer,” started Sutton speaking on BT Sport on Tuesday, as shown by their official Twitter account.

“More pertinently he needs to concentrate on getting back in the team now and Ntcham is ahead of him. He’s first pick. I wouldn’t be surprised if Celtic sold Stuart Armstrong in January, but he needs to get back playing.”

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Armstrong started from the bench in Tuesday afternoon’s clash against FC Astana with Ntcham selected ahead of him.

However, the Scottish midfielder has also started five of Celtic’s first 10 matches in all competitions in the 2017-18 campaign, returning two goals.

He will now be looking to repeat last season’s success which saw him bag a fine 17 goals and seven assists in 47 matches in all competitions.

But, with greater squad strength in Brendan Rodgers side this season Armstrong may find himself on the bench many more times this season.

In other Celtic news, a Hoops senior man was spotted at this Premier League clash.

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