Date: 23rd June 2018 at 1:38pm
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Celtic are reportedly close to losing midfielder Stuart Armstrong this summer amid interest from Premier League side Southampton and they may already have a ready-made replacement for him.

Sky Sports claims that the Saints have agreed a deal in excess of £6million for Bhoys first teamer Armstrong and that talks are now ongoing over personal terms.

It looks like his Parkehad exit is sealed and he will leave a significant gap in the squad following his departure, but it always seemed on the cards with just a year remaining on his deal.

The 26-year-old has proven himself to be a great source of goals from midfield and he has the versatility to play in either wide or central areas.

Brendan Rodgers could have a nice £6million windfall to find a replacement, but should look a little closer to home and promote forgotten man Ryan Christie to the senior side.

Christie originally joined back in 2015 and has had a number of loan spells away from the Bhoys to develop his game.

The 23-year-old Scotsman really impressed during his time at Aberdeen last season, scoring eight goals and supplying 15 assists in return.

He proved that he can be a real force when it comes to the Scottish Premiership and there is no reason why he can’t compete with the likes of Tom Rodic and Callum McGregor next season.

The 18/19 campaign seems the perfect time to get Christie involved for Celtic and he certainly has a lot of potential to become a regular starter, with his tidy dribbling and eye for goal a major positive.

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

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