Linked with a transfer to the Premier League in the past, Scottish midfielder Stuart Armstrong finally got his move to English football’s top flight this summer after he left Celtic to become Southampton’s first signing heading into the 2018/19 season.
Armstrong’s Premier League dream, however, has turned into a bit of a nightmare with the 26-year-old having been forced to settle for a bit-part role in the current campaign so far.
Armstrong, though, is still a player who possesses much quality and while he is yet to be truly appreciated by the Southampton faithful, Celtic supporters held him in high regard — evident from their reactions to his departure.
— Brend 1-6-2 (@brendwings) June 26, 2018
— Lauren (@laurenjardine_) June 26, 2018
I’m going to miss the hair song. Good luck Stuart! HH
— Nikki. (@championees) 26 June 2018
— David Telford (@Tetley1988) June 26, 2018
Gutted however wish him the very best
— Kirsty Grant (@kirstylerougex) 26 June 2018
Good player, sad to seem him leave but wish him well HH pic.twitter.com/Q1wXse2UEB
— Steven Roche (@StevenRoche) 27 June 2018
Disappointed Armstrong has left but good luck to him. I just hope Brendan replaces him as we will miss his goals and attacking play.
— Sharon Middlemass (@Middlema2Sharon) June 27, 2018
Capable of playing in both midfield and just behind the striker, Armstrong proved to be quite the asset for Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers with his performances in the Bhoys’ 2016/17 treble-winning season standing out in particular.
In the SPL, Armstrong was able to score 15 goals while setting up a further seven along way, and former Celtic boss Gordon Strachan believes his old club are missing the attacking threat the Scotland international offers from midfield.
“At this moment in time, Celtic’s flair players aren’t on form, so they need to find another way,” Strachan wrote in his Paddy Power column last month after Celtic suffered a couple of disappointing results.
“[It] shows how they’re missing Stuart Armstrong. His runs could push a defence back another eight or ten yards.”
With Armstrong unlikely to oust the likes of Mario Lemina and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg out of Southampton’s starting XI, his future may already be away from St. Mary’s. And if so, there are plenty of Celtic fans who would surely welcome his return to Celtic Park.