Celtic should be asking questions about Southampton midfielder Stuart Armstrong.
So far, the Scottish international isn’t having a great time of it in the Premier League. Manager Ralph Hasenhuttl doesn’t appear to rate the attacking midfielder at all.
Glasgow is the perfect avenue for him to get his career back on track. However, would he be surplus to requirements with the Hoops as well?
Celtic must throw a saving hand out to Stuart Armstrong
Armstrong was another player off the Celtic conveyor belt to join Southampton.
The Hoops got him in a cut price deal with teammate and best friend Gary Mackay-Steven under Ronny Deila.
Despite playing poorly at wide-left, it was Brendan Rodgers who cemented him as a central player. This attracted the Saints and the Scottish national team at the time.
His lung bursting runs made him the ideal box-to-box midfielder and his assists boosted his reputation. Some Celtic fans think that the present team are missing someone like Armstrong.
Armstrong has only made six appearances this season for Southampton. Last season he made 29 but only on three occasions did he play 90 minutes.
Perhaps a loan deal to Celtic is the best option.
Who will need to leave the club for Scotland star to arrive?
Most eyes will point to Olivier Ntcham to move on at some point next year. He was supposed to be Armstrong’s replacement but hasn’t lived up to what the Scot did for the club.
Fans know Ntcham eyes a move away from Celtic and any further outbursts only damages the team more.
He is yet to prove he can play a level above Celtic despite a few decent showings this season from off the bench.
Alternatively, it could be the likes of Tom Rogic who is becoming a bit of an injury prone player of late. However, he is on a new bumper contract which might keep him in Glasgow a bit longer.
A January loan move even perhaps to the summer to see if Armstrong’s still got it would be best for both parties.
If he plays well – he gets kept on in some form – and the Hoops can offload one or two current squad players. Should he fail, then there is nothing lost from Celtic’s point and everyone moves on.