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9th Dec, 2017 | 2:00pm

Rodgers has no option, Celtic must offload senior player in January after rotten form

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Looking at his performance at Celtic Park against Anderlecht, it’s hard to believe that Stuart Armstrong is the same player that scored 17 goals last season and was deserved nominated for player of the year.

In comparison to those days of last season, Armstrong, 25, was lifeless and insipid against the Belgian champions. Constantly giving the ball away, it was no surprise that he was replaced at half-time.

The player doesn’t seem committed to Celtic, he only signed a one year extension to his contract in the summer, and as his performances have dropped it would make sense for Celtic to cash in before he loses all form completely.

The likes of Southampton were strongly linked with Armstrong in the summer and he does have the technical and goal-scoring ability to make a career for himself in the English Premier League, although following the drop-off to his rotten from this season it’s not clear if they would still be interested.

For many people, Chris Sutton’s comments on BT Sports Facebook sum up the issue with senior player Armstrong.

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Sutton, in his typically acerbic style, claimed that the player “isn’t playing at the same level as last season.”

He added: “Stuart Armstrong has been a massive disappointment. If I was Celtic I would punt him in January.”

It’s a shame that a player who once looked like he would be a part of the Hoops for years to come has regressed so badly, but as his contract situation will once again come up in the summer and his place in the team comes under threat Celtic should sell the player in the January transfer window.

Brendan Rodgers now has no alternative. He must offload the first-team midfielder in January.

In other Celtic news, Chris Sutton wasn’t impressed with Celtic’s Champions League campaign

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