In-demand Celtic 25-year-old wants to quit and move overseas - report
By Alex Stevens
Stuart Armstrong is keen to quit Celtic when his contract expires and play overseas to improve his game, according to a report.
The Sun claim the playmaker, 25, is looking not for a move to the riches of the Premier League despite attracting the attention of clubs south of the border with a series of impressive displays.
It is said from sources close to Armstrong that he wants to play abroad when he leaves Celtic at the end of his contract next year.
That would be a double hammer blow for the newly crowned Scottish Premiership champions, who would lose not only a mainstay of the team but also would face the prospect of not getting a fee.
Celtic signed Armstrong from Dundee United in January 2015 in a double deal that also included Gary Mackay-Steven.
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Armstrong struggled last season as Ronny Deila opted to play him left in his 4-2-3-1 formation, preferring to use Tom Rogic or Stefan Johansen in a central playmaker role.
Under Brendan Rodgers, Armstrong has taken his game to new heights and developed into one of Celtic’s key players.
He earned rave reviews for his Scotland debut last week and followed that up with another polished display as Celtic ran amok to demolish Hearts 5-o on Sunday and clinch a sixth consecutive title.
In 38 appearances in all competitions this season, Armstrong has scored 13 goals and supplied seven assists, including goals in four consecutive league encounters.