Date: 23rd June 2018 at 6:19pm
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There have been some interesting reactions to a recent report from the BBC on Friday evening.

The rumour mill had already linked Southampton with a possible return to Celtic for their midfielder Stuart Armstrong, and the BBC claimed on Friday night that sources had indicated negotiations between the two clubs had gone well when it came to the transfer of the 26-year-old Scottish international.

A fee had been agreed and we were set to talk personal terms with him over the weekend with a view to a reported £7million switch taking place.

During his time at Parkhead the player has picked up four Premiership titles, two Scottish Cups and two Scottish League Cups, more than playing his part in back to back domestic trebles under Brendan Rodgers.

Should the deal come off, he’ll leave Celtic having made 106 starting appearances for them, with a further 37 appearances from the bench. In that time he’s contributed 28 goals.

Many Southampton fans feel that he’s more likely a replacement option for Steven Davis rather than Dusan Tadic and the majority were pretty happy with the potential capture.

As others pointed out, it’s not like we’ve done too badly out of dealing with Celtic previously!

A couple of tweets showed some fans were less than enamoured with the move and they gave rise to some interesting headlines elsewhere in the press, but overall that angle of response to this news is well wide of the mark given the type of player he seems to be. No guarantees he’ll adjust to life in the Premier League, but there never are, if he does though I’d imagine he’ll quickly win over any doubters.


16 Replies to “Southampton Target Isn’t A Wow Signing But It Hardly Reeks Of No Ambition”

  • Real glad to see Tadic go, been poor this year,2 good games a year is useless to Saints.
    We need to get shot of Forster.,

    • The problem with Tadic is he’s always going to have consistency issues. When he shines he’s good, but when he can’t he looks really bad because of the type of player he is. Forster, I wouldn’t want to write him off yet, it was a bad year for everyone and he’s proven his worth before.

  • Give the man every bit of support he deserves. Can i just remind you that Sir Ricky Lambert cost £1 million from Bristol Rovers, just splashing cash is not what its about, he is a perfect replacement for Steven Davis. It seems to me that too many Saints (so called fans) know the cost of everything and the value of nothing. Im looking forward to seeing him in the Team and hope that you Neg Heads slither off towards Pompey.
    Welcome to Southampton fc Stuart, you will find that the majority of true fans will be delighted to have you here. Eery player we have bought from Celtic have been excellent.

    • For those who state ‘he’s 26 and still playing in Scotland’, where did we get Davis from!? Where did we get VVD from? It’s not like we’ve done too badly from north of the border but he doesn’t have an exotic name.

      If the fee is right, it wasn’t that long ago Saints would’ve exploded at the thought of spending £7m on a player. He won’t win us the league, but he’s a solid addition as we begin to rebuild in my mind.

  • im a cellic fan and i am sorry to see him go he can be a top player very direct runner and good to watch doesent go back the way to often allways looks to go forward

    • From a Saints perspective then maybe not quite a Davis replacement but close enough.

      Wasn’t there some contract wranglings as well? If bits I remember are right as we were linked with him before the relationship soured a little?

      Appreciate the input though, thanks for that.

  • Celtic fan here and I too am said to see the boy go. Excellent engine and is very creative if played behind the strikers and not on the wing. If you guys buy him and he’s played where he should be, he’ll be one hell of a signing.

  • As far as the contract negotiations are concerned, we were never going to get him signed longterm as he wants the EPL. The relationship hasn’t soured, it’s more his agent that the club don’t really get on with but it’s because he’s ambitious and we wants to ply his trade in a more competitive and demanding league. Can’t fault him for that as its what all great players should.

    • Sounds like what I read was slightly overhyped then and typical agent games in search of a bonus! Nature of football these days, always somebody else but it’s how you go about getting a transfer I think.

    • I guess the club know there would be another contract signed so cash in for their benefit now before he trotted off on a free.

  • By his own standards, last season was a disappointing one for Stuart on a personal level. He was not a regular started and did suffer a few niggling injuries.

    He is a superb box to box midfielder and has that knack of timing his runs with perfection. Although we won the treble last year, we did not put teams away with the same ease as we did in the previous season. I put that down to Stuarts absence.

    You have signed a very good player. Good luck to him

  • So far every player that we have bought from Celtic has been a good buy. With Stuart being a box to box type of player he should fit in with what we hope is a more attacking style under Hughesy

    • From what everyone’s saying about him it certainly sounds hopeful and does sort of back up Hughes’ words about wanting the side to be on the front foot more in 2018/19.

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