Report: Dundee United reject bids from Burnley and Celtic for Stuart Armstrong

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Dundee United have reportedly rejected bids from Burnley and Celtic for midfielder Stuart Armstrong.

According to Sky Sports, Burnley and Celtic have seen bids for Dundee United midfielder Stuart Armstrong rejected ahead of Monday's transfer deadline.

Armstrong, 22, really burst onto the scene in Scotland last season with 11 goals and 11 assists in 43 games for Dundee United, whilst six goals in 23 appearances this term is another strong return from the midfielder.

Whilst he hasn't yet been capped by the Scotland senior side, Armstrong has been a regular in the youth setups for the national team, playing 27 times for Scotland Under-19's and Under-21's - and he's considered to be one of the stars of the future for Gordon Strachan's men.

Unsurprisingly, his performances at Tannadice have attracted plenty of interest, and Sky Sports suggest that both Burnley and Celtic have had rejected for the playmaker.

Celtic boss Ronny Deila recently likened Armstrong to Bayern Munich star Thomas Muller, which flattered Armstrong, so it's little surprise to see the Bhoys boss try to land him.

Having already signed his Dundee United team mate Gary Mackay-Steven on a pre-contact agreement, it seems Celtic are attempting to make a double swoop on their Scottish Premiership rivals - but interest from the Premier League could scupper their hopes.

Burnley have fared better than many expected in the top flight this season, and currently sit one point above the drop zone, with manager Sean Dyche keen to improve his squad for the second half of the season.

He's already been linked with a swoop for another Scottish playmaker in Graham Dorrans, but his pursuit of Armstrong is an ambitious one - and deciding between Scotland's biggest club or a move to the Premier League could be a tough quandary for the midfielder; but both teams would need to break Dundee United's resolve, which doesn't look like being an easy task right now.

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