Report discloses assurance Celtic will give Stuart Armstrong to persuade him into signing new deal

Celtic's Stuart Armstrong celebrates scoring their first goal

Celtic are keen to get Stuart Armstrong tied down to a new contract amid interest from the likes of West Bromwich Albion and Southampton.

According to a report from the Daily Record, Celtic are willing to assure Stuart Armstrong that he can leave Parkhead next summer in an attempt to get the midfielder to sign a new deal with the side.

Armstrong is entering the final year of his contract with the Hoops, and the Record reports that he is attracting plenty of Premier League attention - with Southampton, West Brom and Brighton and Hove Albion all interested in a move.

While the Bhoys appear to be resigned to the fact that Armstrong will be on his way at some stage, they are hoping that they can still persuade the 25-year-old to agree a new contract.

Celtic's Stuart Armstrong in action with Rangers' Danny WilsonCeltic's Stuart Armstrong

The Record reports that the Scottish Premiership champions are willing to provide Armstrong with an assurance that if he extends his deal, he will be allowed to move on next summer.

It is not a surprise that Celtic are determined to tie Armstrong down as his form last term - he scored 15 times in the top flight - suggests that they could request an impressive fee for the former Dundee United man, but that would obviously not be the case if his contract expired. 

Whether Armstrong would be willing to put pen to paper with those assurances remains to be seen. If his form is not as impressive during the coming campaign, then perhaps teams will be less likely to pay the significant fee Celtic may desire and thus, the midfielder will not get the move he may perhaps want.

But if he is a free agent and his form during the coming season is not as impressive as it was last term, then perhaps one of the interested sides will still be willing to take the chance on him given that a deal would have little risk attached.

Celtic manager Brendan RodgersCeltic manager Brendan Rodgers

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