Former Celtic striker Chris Sutton has claimed that the Hoops should sell Stuart Armstrong if the player is not committed to the club.
The midfielder has once more been the subject of speculation about his time in Glasgow coming to an end and Sutton believes that as he didn’t sign a long-term deal with the Hoops he was never going to pledge his future to the Bhoys.
“I like Stuart Armstrong as a player but he didn’t want to commit to Celtic long term last season, if he’s not committed the best thing Celtic can do is sell him and move on asap” he said, as quoted on his personal Twitter page.
I like Stuart Armstrong as a player but he didn’t want to commit to Celtic long term last season…. if he’s not committed the best thing Celtic can do is sell him and move on asap… https://t.co/LvtqndBu3P
— Chris Sutton (@chris_sutton73) June 19, 2018
For the second season in a row the 26-year-old is going into the start of pre-season training with only one year remaining on his contract with the Scottish champions.
Football Insider verdict
Chris Sutton’s attitude towards Stuart Armstrong’s future will mirror that of most Celtic fans, that it is time that the club moved him in. If that turns out to be the case, it will be a sad end to what one stage could have been a glittering career for the Hoops. His performances for the Bhoys in their treble winning season of 2016-17 were a big reason in the Hoops sweeping all before them in Scotland. Scoring 17 goals from midfield is no mean feat, and it was unsurprising that he was unable to repeat that form last season. However, if he is not interested in signing a new, long-term deal with the Bhoys then the time is right to sell him. He might not fetch the same amount of money he would have got if he had last season, but that is better than losing him for nothing at the end of the season. The Hoops could then reinvest the money they get for Armstrong in some defensive reinforcements.
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