It appears that Celtic could lose midfielder Stuart Armstrong this summer. The 26-year-old has entered the final year of his contract at the club.
With that in mind, Celtic will not want to risk losing him on a free and are set to sell him instead this summer.
Southampton, Crystal Palace, Brighton and West Brom have been linked with the player, who is being valued at £6 million.
For one former Celtic player, it is a simple decision. Chris Sutton, who spent six years at Parkhead, is predictably unequivocal in his feelings about the midfield maestro.
He sent out this Tweet yesterday:
I like Stuart Armstrong as a player but he didn’t want to commit to Celtic long term last season…. if he’s not committed the best thing Celtic can do is sell him and move on asap… https://t.co/LvtqndBu3P
— Chris Sutton (@chris_sutton73) June 19, 2018
Whilst not many people enjoy agreeing with Sutton, on this occasion, he is 100 percent right.
Armstrong has been a great servant for Celtic since arriving from Dundee United in 2015. The Scotland international has been a brilliant player but the club can easily replace him.
Callum McGregor has already shown that he is capable of taking his place in the Celtic first-team and the club already have plenty of options in his position.
With £6 million in the kitty, Celtic could easily bring in recruits capable of taking his role in the first-team.
The sale of Armstrong simply makes sense for Celtic, who need fully-committed players to be a success domestically and in Europe.
Time to let Armstrong go.