PL manager responds to reported interest in Celtic goal machine (not Dembele)
By Danny Wright
West Brom manager Tony Pulis has asserted that he has not made an approach for Celtic’s Stuart Armstrong.
The Express have reported that the Baggies, along with Everton and Brighton, are keeping tabs on the midfield goal machine.
It was reported that Pulis had sent his top scout to keep an eye on the 24-year-old as Brendan Rodgers’ side eased to a 3-1 win at Aberdeen on Friday, in which the one-time Scotland international scored.
However the Premier League club’s manager has ruled out that any sort of approach for Armstrong has been made and hinted that he is already getting fed up with the transfer speculation surrounding the Hawthorns in recent weeks.
“We’ll be heavily linked with every Tom, Dick and Harry over the next couple of weeks,” said the ex-Stoke and Crystal Palace boss, as quoted by the Birmingham Mail.
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“We’ve not made an approach to Celtic.
“I’ve not rung Brendan up.
“I get on okay with Brendan. So if I was going to do anything I’d ring Brendan first.”
Armstrong has been a goal machine in Celtic’s midfield this season, scoring 15 goals in 45 appearances across all competitions.
He’s also been among the assists by setting up his teammates on seven different occasions.
The Express reported that Rodgers is hoping that Armstrong will sign a new four-year deal with the Hoops as he enters the final year of his contract within a matter of weeks.
Celtic are on the verge of making history this season and are just a handful of wins away from securing a treble and ending the domestic season without defeat.
They have been largely helped by the huge goal scoring threat that Moussa Dembele and Scott Sinclair have posed alongside Armstrong in the Bhoys attack.
Football Insider Verdict
Pulis may not have made an approach for Armstrong, but he did not mention whether or not he has sent a scout to keep an eye on the Scot. The 24-year-old would make a great signing for Albion as his hard work and box-to-box midfield play could see him become a lynchpin in the centre of Pulis’ midfield. Celtic cannot afford to let him go, but the promise of Premier League football alongside the likes of fellow Scotland internationals Darren Fletcher and James Morrison could be too hard to resist for the former Dundee United player. Armstrong hasn’t quite grabbed the headlines in England as Scott Sinclair and Moussa Dembele have, but a lot of clubs will be clued up as to what he can offer to a team.