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23rd Jun, 2018 | 7:43am

‘Good riddance’ - Sutton delivers verdict on Celtic midfielder reportedly in talks for exit

Chris Sutton has responded to reports that Celtic midfielder Stuart Armstrong in on the verge of a move to Southampton by saying “good riddance”.

Sky Sports claim that the Saints have agreed a deal worth in excess of £6million for the central midfielder and that he is now in talks ahead of a move to the Premier League.

The 26-year-old helped Brendan Rodgers’ side win a double treble during the past two years, but looks set to depart with just a year remaining on his contract.

Pundit and ex-Celtic striker Sutton isn’t too bothered on social media about Armstrong’s imminent departure, feeling like it is good business for the Bhoys to offload him this summer.

“Good riddance…Armstrong didn’t want to commit last season and didn’t play well last season… good business and good luck to him!” Sutton wrote on his personal Twitter account.

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Armstrong’s exit appears to be coming at the right time this summer, but there is no need for the “good riddance” comment after all he has achieved at Parkhead. The goalscoring midfielder has been a significant driving force of their success on the pitch and a vital player under Rodgers, especially in the 2016/17 campaign. He looks like being the latest Celtic star to move to the Premier League to try make it there and he definitely has the ability. Armstrong has shown in the past he has the knack of arriving at the right time and that should serve the Scotland international well at Southampton. Celtic definitely have enough options in their ranks to cope with his loss and receiving a £6million-plus windfall for a player entering the final year of his contract is decent business. The Bhoys do have plenty of strong goalscoring options all over the park and Rodgers will be relying on the whole team to chip in as they go in search of more domestic dominance next season.

In other Celtic news, Brendan Rodgers should use the Hoops’ upcoming pre-season friendlies as an experiment.

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