Celtic supporters in the Transfer Tavern are very much looking forward to the 2018/19 Scottish Premiership season, with their side seeking to maintain their dominance of football north of the border with a third successive domestic treble.
Brendan Rodgers’ men have swept aside all before them in the last two years to underline their status as the best team in Scotland, with the Bhoys matching their 2016/17 campaign of all three domestic trophies by doing the same again last time round. However, they weren’t quite able to make a statement on the European stage last term, which is sure to be a target of Rodgers and his side when they return to Champions League qualification next month.
As such, there are many excited and expectant Celtic fans in the Tavern at present, several of whom are likely to be interested by recent reports suggesting that midfielder Stuart Armstrong looks set to join Southampton in a £7 million deal.
And with the Bhoys set to get quite the windfall from the 26-year-old’s imminent departure, the Scottish giants must seek to reinvest that money by finally landing 23-year-old sensation John McGinn, a long-term target of the Bhoys.
Ultimately, Celtic look set to do extremely well out of the Armstrong deal given that the midfielder only has 12 months remaining on his current contract at Parkhead, and it’s not as if he was a regular last term in only starting 15 times in the Scottish Premiership.
Yes, reports suggest that former club Dundee United will get 10% of the fee after inserting a sell-on clause when selling Armstrong to Celtic back in 2015, but that is still a sizable amount of money Rodgers will receive for the 26-year-old – money that has to go into a move for McGinn.
The 23-year-old enjoyed a fine season at fellow Scottish Premiership side Hibernian last season in netting six goals and laying on eight assists for Neil Lennon’s men, thus adding to the five goals and ten assists he contributed to help the club return to the top-flight the season before.
Thus, it’s clear that Scotland international has an extremely bright future in the game and would surely be able to fulfil that potential at Celtic, although Frank Lampard’s Derby County have recently joined the race to suggest that a deal to take him to Parkhead could become tricky.
But with a significant windfall from Armstrong’s expected departure, Rodgers’ men may have the financial clout to persuade Hibernian into parting with one of their most prized assets, in a move the Bhoys must seek to make with the money from Armstrong’s move to Southampton.
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