A year is a long time in football, and that is especially the case when it comes to Celtic midfielder Stuart Armstrong.
This time last season the 26-year-old scored his 17th goal of the season in the Bhoys’ 2-1 Scottish Cup Final win over Aberdeen, and looked set for a glittering career with the Hoops.
This season has been a different story though, as even though he has made 40 appearances for the Hoops this season he has scored only five goals and is no longer a first pick for the side.
Perhaps the tone was set at the start of the season, when Armstrong only signed what amounted to a one year extension to his contract, and as a result his contract runs out at the end of next season.
His failure to commit himself to the club for the long-term didn’t go down well with the club’s fans, and it seems somewhat inevitable that he will be leaving the club in the summer.
The fact that he has been named in the Scotland squad for the end of season tour to South America when most of his Hoops team-mates will be on their summer beak ahead of the Champions League qualifiers, is perhaps the biggest indication yet that the player’s time is up in Glasgow.
He will always be remembered fondly for his role in the unbeaten treble of 2016-17, but the time is right for the player to move on.
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