Between The Lines: Stuart Armstrong reveals Southampton struggles after Celtic exit

Fixture In Focus banner Richard Lee

Scotland international Stuart Armstrong has spoken out about what has proven to be a difficult transition after leaving Celtic to join Southampton during the summer transfer window, but what do his comments really mean?

What did he say?

Well, after linking up with his country during the international break, according to quotes via BBC Football, the 26-year-old said:

“I wouldn’t say I miss Scottish football. I had my time. I was very grateful for it and had a lot of nice memories.

“It’s always hard when you’re not playing games – not starting games especially – because nobody likes sitting on the bench

“I’m not the most patient. I need to learn to adapt. I’m in a different league – I spent eight years in the Scottish League.

“I would say it’s a different type of challenge. If I’d stayed at Celtic and continued to have success, I’d view my career when it finished as a very good one and a very successful one.”

What do his comments really mean?

During pre-season it looked as though Armstrong could prove to be a really important player for Southampton this term having started the majority of their fixtures, and making a big impact with his energy and directness with the ball.

However, the 26-year-old was suited to the 3-4-2-1 system that Mark Hughes ditched in the first Premier League game of the campaign, in which he was substituted off in the 56th minute.

He didn’t start a single top flight encounter after that – featuring for just 96 minutes in total – before he was named in the starting XI by the 55-year-old against Watford on Saturday in a role alongside striker Danny Ings.

The Scot understandably looked a little rusty, and his comments suggest that he is frustrated with his manager that he hasn’t had more game time – especially as the south coast outfit have been struggling for goals and points.

The fact that he has admitted he is not the most patient person could mean that he would be open to returning to Scotland in the future if he fails to progress at St Mary’s, and Celtic would surely be high up his list of options if that were to prove to be the case.