Former Celtic captain Tom Boyd believes that in-demand Hoops midfielder Stuart Armstrong should commit his future to the Bhoys.
Armstrong, who has one year of his contract left, has been linked with a departure from the Scottish champions, with the Scottish Sun reporting that Brighton, Southampton and Crystal Palace are all interested in signing the 26-year-old.
Boyd has claimed that Armstrong should sign a new long-tern deal with the Hoops to end all the talk about his future with the club.
“Hopefully we can get him to stay – a five-year contract would be nice” Boyd said, as quoted by the Daily Record.
“I think he’s a happy man at Celtic. He’ll win things at the club. What do you want to be as a player? Do you want to be a winner? Or do you want just to earn good money?
“We don’t want our best players leaving. I know in the grand scheme of things there’s a big gap between our Premiership and the Premier League. Stuart clearly has a decision to make.”
The Hoops were in a similar position with Armstrong last season, and the player was reluctant to commit his long-term future to the club, signing what was in essence only a one year contract extension.
Football Insider verdict
The questions that Tom Boyd poses are all things that Stuart Armstrong must seriously consider, as there is no doubt that he will make far more money in the Premier League than with the Hoops. It is highly unlikely that he would ever sign a five year deal with the Bhoys either, but Boyd is probably well-aware of that. As Armstrong no longer is a first-team regular for the Bhoys, losing his place to the likes of Callum McGregor and Tom Rogic, a departure would not upset the fans as much as it would have last summer. And in all honesty, most supporters would agree that Armstrong’s lack of a long-term contract with the Bhoys has put doubts in their mind that he is really committed to the Bhoys. If a big enough offer from a Premier League side comes in – £5million, for example – then it would not be a shock at all to see the Hoops accept the money on offer for the midfielder.
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