Former Celtic striker John Hartson agrees with the club’s decision to sell Stuart Armstrong to Southampton.
The 26-year-old midfielder is set to complete his move to the Premier League side shortly with BBC Sport reporting that the player has agreed to join the Saints for a fee of £7million, and the former Hoops attacker thinks that Armstrong’s departure is best for all parties involved.
“I think Celtic have done the right thing in taking the money for Stuart Armstrong” he said, as quoted by the Evening Times.
“The move to Southampton is ideal for both parties; the player just never quite hit the heights that he showed in the latter half of Brendan Rodgers’ first season at Celtic and the figures quoted of £7million suggest a pretty good bit of business for the club.”
Armstrong scored 17 goals for the Hoops in Rodgers’ first season in charge of the Bhoys, but could only manage five goals last season as he struggled with his form and injury problems.
Football Insider verdict
The thoughts of John Hartson will echo what most fans feel about the situation involving Stuart Armstrong. A player who had one brilliant season, some not bad seasons and who the Bhoys had to cash in on before his contract ran out at the end of the season. The Bhoys have done very well to get £7million for the player, and he will go with best wishes from the fans and thanks for playing his part in the Hoops side which won two domestic trebles in a row. His goals will be missed though, no matter who people might claim about his departure. Attention will now turn to Armstrong’s replacement – if there is one – as it is not easy to find goalscoring midfielders who are capable of getting beyond the last man and finding the back of the net on a regular basis, and Armstrong was one of the best in the business at doing that.
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