Sky Sports pundit: Agents will tell Celtic midfield duo they can triple wages with exit
Sky Sports pundit Kris Commons has suggested that Celtic midfielders Tom Rogic and Stuart Armstrong could have their heads turned by the money on offer south of the border with their contracts due to enter their final years in the summer.
It has been widely reported that talks have stalled with Rogic, 25, while Armstrong, 25, was linked with leaving Parkhead over the summer before agreeing a new deal.
However both of them could be free to open talks with other clubs by next January unless Celtic wrap up new deals.
Ex-Hoops attacker Commons believes that their agents will be trying to tempt them away from Glasgow, mainly because of the huge wages they could potentially pick up in the Premier League.
“Tom Rogic and Stuart Armstrong are both out of contract in the summer of 2019 and they are free to talks to clubs from next January,” he said on the Daily Mail website.
“There have been rumours about interest in both from south of the border and, in this day and age, footballers know their worth.
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“Agents will tell them what money is on offer -and that the wages in England can be double, even treble, what Celtic can pay.”
Football Insider verdict
Rogic and Armstrong are good players and have been key to Celtic’s success over the last two seasons – but neither of them are a Scott Brown or Kieran Tierney and are definitely replaceable. The Hoops must make sure they sell them in the summer if they are not going to agree a new deal with the pair. Both are full internationals and experienced in the Champions League so could definitely fetch a decent fee. Celtic’s midfield is already over-crowded and there needs to be a couple shifted out. Selling Rogic and Armstrong to Premier League clubs could also help the Hoops keep hold of someone like Tierney.