Speaking to the Daily Mail, Stuart Armstrong has expressed his belief that Nadir Ciftci and John Souttar are fantastic players, having seen the Dundee United duo linked with Celtic in the last few weeks.
The 23-year-old midfielder said: “Yes, they are two big talents. I’ve played with them for a number of years and seen them up close. I know they are good players and it’s a compliment to the club that they are bringing through a lot of young players.
“He’s [Ciftci] got all the makings to go very far in the game. Having trained and played with him you can see the qualities he has - the strength, the power and the skill, more importantly.”
Armstrong himself only arrived at Parkhead in the January transfer window, signing from United along with Gary Mackay-Steven.
It was the Mail that reported on the Bhoys’ interest in summer moves for Souttar and Ciftci, but it is expected that United will put up a severe fight to keep ahold of the duo, considering they lost Mackay-Steven and Armstrong in January.
Ciftci is considered as the most likely of the duo to be a signing for the first-team, with the Bhoys still looking for a consistent goalscoring striker. Leigh Griffiths is starting to impress, but John Guidetti’s loan is expiring, and Stefan Scepovic has yet to truly hit the ground running.
Souttar, being younger, is being targeted to provide competition in the defensive midfield position, although it is not expected that he will become a key figure of the Celtic squad until matured further.
Armstrong certainly believes the duo are good enough to make it at the top level of the game, and moving to Celtic may be the only way they are able to keep progressing. Dundee United fans may not enjoy it, but for Souttar and Ciftci, there may be no other option than a summer move to Parkhead.