'Phenomenal' - Former Celtic star hails contribution of soon-to-depart double-treble winner
Former Celtic attacker Simon Donnelly has hailed the contribution made by Stuart Armstrong as he looks set to depart the Hoops for Southampton.
The Bhoys have agreed a deal worth £7million with Southampton for the 26-year-old and Donnelly believes the player should be praised for helping the Hoops to win back to back domestic trebles.
“What he’s contributed to the club has been phenomenal” he said, as quoted by the Daily Record.
“He’s been part of two treble winning teams.
“But now he has the opportunity to go and play in the Premier League and you can’t knock him for that.
“He’s turned up in big games and been a fantastic player for Celtic.”
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Armstrong joined the Hoops from Dundee United in January 2015 and has went on to win a host of trophies for the Hoops.
Football Insider verdict
Simon Donnelly knows a thing or two about leaving Celtic to join a club in England, so he is well-placed to offer up a comment on Stuart Armstrong, after leaving the Bhoys to join Sheffield Wednesday in 1998. He is correct in his assertion that Armstrong deserves plenty of praise for his efforts for the Bhoys, particularly in the first domestic treble winning season of 2016-17, when he turned in a series of barnstorming performances. Football moves on though, and perhaps it is no surprise that after playing his entire career in Scotland, that Armstrong wants to try and see how he fares in the English Premier League, and he doesn’t deserve to be criticised for the support for that. If he was going to leave on a free transfer then any criticism would be understood, but the Hoops are set to make £7million on the player and he should leave with the best wishes of the fans.
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