Southampton midfielder Stuart Armstrong was in the press ahead of this weekend’s clash with Manchester United at St Mary’s Stadium and the topic of his summer transfer from Celtic came up.
The 26-year-old has taken a while to settle in and most of his appearances for manager Mark Hughes so far have come as a substitute but the match against Fulham saw him open his club account with a brace in the defeat and it feels like he’s finding his feet now and that has to be a boost to us as we continue to struggle.
The full interview with the Times is a good read in fairness and he admitted it was difficult to leave Celtic, but also that if he’d have hung his boots without testing himself at the Premier League level it would’ve been a massive regret in his career.
“Definitely not. It wasn’t easy to leave but I needed to challenge myself in a different way. If I’d got to 35 and hung up my boots and not taken a chance to play in the Premier League, something I’d dreamt about as a young boy, I would have regretted it.”
With the personal confidence boost he should’ve received from more recent performances, hopefully he can really kick on now and get himself going as we’ll need his goals and creativity to make the difference for us.