Celtic went on to lift the Scottish Premiership title yet again last season as Brendan Rodgers’ men looked unstoppable. However, it seems like they might have to part ways with Stuart Armstrong this summer, despite the midfielder being a vital player at Paradise.
Armstrong has attracted a lot of attention from English clubs lately. A report from the Daily Record claims that Southampton, Crystal Palace, Brighton and West Bromwich are all interested in the midfielder.
The 26-year-old made 41 appearances in all competitions for the Hoops last season, scoring five goals and setting up six more. And after helping Celtic to their second domestic treble on the trot, Armstrong could leave Paradise and it is understood that Celtic are also open to the idea of losing him in the summer. But where should he go?
West Bromwich Albion
The Baggies recently endured relegation to the Championship and are in an extremely poor phase right now. Since they are in such an unstable condition, it would not make sense for Armstrong to join them. He possesses the qualities to play in the Premier League, meaning West Brom are not the ideal place for him.
Although Palace managed to stay afloat in the Premier League last season, they have a huge task ahead of them in the upcoming campaign. After a season of mediocrity, the club must fight to ensure a top-ten spot and with that in mind, they could use a creative player like Armstrong, who would also benefit from the move.
The Saints escaped relegation by a whisker last season and they will be looking for a change in fortunes next term. They are in dire need of a massive squad reshuffle and considering their current options, Armstrong would be a big fish in a small pond. Mark Hughes could certainly benefit from his presence but should Armstrong join a side that nearly suffered relegation?
The Seagulls managed to retain their top-flight status and while they struggled to a certain extent in the previous campaign, it must be noted that they have a good squad at hand. Of course, certain areas require strengthening and Armstrong could bring in some much-needed dynamism to their game on the whole.
Having considered all the options, Crystal Palace seem like the safest bet for Armstrong. Among all the clubs interested in him, the Eagles secured the highest finish in the Premier League last term. As a result, joining them would not only allow him to reach his true potential but it would also make it a relatively low-risk move for him.