Celtic should try to re-sign Stuart Armstrong on loan from Southampton in January

Celtic sold attacking midfielder Stuart Armstrong to Southampton in a £7m deal this summer, but given he already looks to be out-of-favour on the south coast, the Bhoys should look to re-sign him on loan during the January transfer window.

What’s the word, then?

Well, the Scotland international joined Saints at the end of June, and despite having more than two months to find a replacement before the transfer window slammed shut on August 31, the Scottish Premiership holders failed to.

While they aren’t exactly short of attacking midfield options given they have the likes of Tom Rogic, Callum McGregor and potentially even Olivier Ntcham in their ranks, they do look to have missed their former star in the early stages of what has been a largely difficult beginning to the 2018/19 campaign.

Meanwhile, since starting and picking up an injury in the opening day goalless draw against Burnley at St Mary’s, Armstrong has played just 10 minutes of Premier League football and failed to even make the 18-man squad for the previous two fixtures against Crystal Palace and Brighton and Hove Albion.

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Why should Celtic sign him?

It seems as though the 26-year-old has fallen foul from Mark Hughes’ formation change that has seen him switch from a 3-4-2-1 system to more of a 4-4-2 formation in recent weeks, while the likes of James Ward-Prowse and Steven Davis have also been preferred ahead of him on the substitutes’ bench.

Given he has looked lively when he has been on the pitch it seems unlikely that his Saints career is over already, but he may well benefit from playing regularly in the second-half of the campaign to find some form and momentum, and what better place than at Celtic?

Rodgers would surely love to have the Scot back in his side for the final few months of the season to boost his team’s title bid and hopefully their Europa League run, and he would bring some much-needed creativity and goal threat.