As reported by The Scottish Sun, a close friend and former teammate of Stuart Armstrong has revealed he believes Brendan Rodgers could convince the Celtic midfielder to stay at the club for a long time.
Ryan Dow and Armstrong came through the Dundee United youth team together and played for four years in the same United first team before the Scottish international moved to Celtic.
Still close friends, Dow believes that despite recent interest from the English Premier League, Armstrong could stay at the Hoops thanks to one man. Armstrong was linked with a move to Everton last month.
As quoted by The Scottish Sun, Dow said:
I grew up with Stuart, we are close friends. Back then, you could see the way he was in training and before too long he was performing like that for United. I am sure there will be interest in him. Goalscoring midfielders of his calibre are hard to come by. Teams will look at that. He’s got everything. I think Rodgers said that when he came in. He noticed it. With Rodgers there that might persuade him to stay, something might get sorted.
Celtic fans are of course in no rush to see their star midfielder leave the club after such an excellent season in the the Hoops but with his contract running out next year, a deal needs to be sorted sooner rather than later.
Armstrong’s form this season has been as surprising as it is impressive for most Celtic fans. There was a time last summer when it looked like he may not have a future at the club but hard work and perseverance meant he finally got his first team chances and he hasn’t looked back since.
With 14 goals this season, 13 of which have been in the league, he’s been a massive part of their domestic unbeaten run that is making this term an historic one.
Holding on to him is key to Brendan Rodgers ambitions, as he looks to build a team worthy of taking on the best in European competition.