Dow: This is what it will take to keep Stuart Armstrong at Celtic
By Matt Farr
Ross County striker Ryan Dow believes former teammate Stuart Armstrong will remain at Celtic as long as Brendan Rodgers is in charge.
Armstrong, 25, is approaching the end of a storming season for the Scottish champions, where he has scored an incredible 14 goals and supplied seven assists.
However, he has yet to commit his long-term future to Celtic, with his current deal at Parkhead set to expire at the end of next season.
His scintillating displays are likely to attract interest from abroad this summer, but Dow insists Celtic can retain the services of one of their star man because of Rodgers.
He told the Daily Record: “I’m sure there will be interest in Stuart. Goalscoring midfielders of his calibre are hard to come by.
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“He’s got everything. Rodgers said that when he came in. He noticed it.
“He had to work on one or two things with Stuart and he has. With Rodgers there that might persuade him to stay. Something might get sorted.”
Dow grew up alongside Armstrong in the youth setup at Dundee United, before they spent four years together in the first team.
Armstrong eventually quit Dundee in February 2015 to sign for Celtic, where he has established himself as one of the best midfielders in the Scottish Premiership.
The Scotland international has played a starring role this season as Celtic cruised to a sixth consecutive league title, as well as playing the full 90 minutes in the Scottish League Cup final win over Aberdeen in November.
He is expected to be handed a key role by Rodgers in their upcoming Scottish Cup semi-final with Old Firm rivals Rangers at the end of the month, as they bid to complete a domestic treble.
In other Celtic transfer news, Rodgers is reportedly eyeing a move for this £12million Premier League striker.