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27th Jun, 2018 | 8:53am

'He'll develop a lot' - Sviatchenko defends Armstrong decision to leave Celtic

Former Celtic defender Erik Sviatchenko has defended Stuart Armstrong’s decision to leave the Scottish champions for Southampton.

The 26-year-old completed a move to the Premier League side on Tuesday, and Sviatchenko, speaking on his personal Instagram account, feels that the move will only improve the player’s game.

“He’ll develop a lot in a great league” Sviatchenko said, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.

“He is a double invincible. That’s some achievement.”

Armstrong played for the Hoops for three-and-a-half seasons, winning a host of trophies in that time.

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Being honest, it is hard for any Celtic fan to argue with the comments that have been made by Erik Sviatchenko. Armstrong has done it all for the Hoops, he has nothing left to prove and was perhaps wanting a change in scenery after three years in Glasgow. The Hoops did still manage to get £7million for Armstrong, so Brendan Rodgers can be satisfied that the Bhoys got a good bit of money for the player before his contract ran out. As for improving his game, that is in arguably the case, as the Premier League in England has far more players of a higher standard than its’ Scottish counterpart. He might mot be challenging for league titles or playing in the Champions League anymore, but Armstrong will probably learn more playing against some of the best names in the world each week then he will in six Champions League group games, and most fans will accept that to be the case.

In other Celtic news, the Hoops have taken a right-back on their pre-season tour

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