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Gordon Strachan suggests Stuart Armstrong transfer has backfired on Celtic and Southampton

Stuart Armstrong during a Southampton FC training session at Staplewood Complex on September 20, 2018 in Southampton, England.

Former boss suggests both Celtic and Southampton star could be regretting Stuart Armstrong deal.

Scotland's National coach, Gordon Strachan names his squad for the forthcoming World Cup Qualifying match against England, at Hampden Park on May 22, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Gordon Strachan has suggested that two of his former clubs could have struck a deal which has backfired.

Southampton signed Armstrong for £7 million, after three seasons at Celtic.

The 26-year-old has found it tough to make an impression at Southampton so far.

 

He has started only one game for the Saints, and come off the bench three times, for a combined 101 minutes of Premier League football.

Celtic have also been struggling for form, and Strachan believes both parties have been regretting the move.

He told Paddy Power: "At this moment in time, Celtic’s flair players aren’t on form, so they need to find another way.

"Which shows how they’re missing Stuart Armstrong. His runs could push a defence back another eight or ten yards. At the same time, shouldn’t he be missing Celtic, too?"

Stuart Armstrong of Southampton during the Premier League match between Everton FC and Southampton FC at Goodison Park on August 18, 2018 in Liverpool, United Kingdom.

Armstrong followed a well trodden path with his move from Celtic to Southampton.

Fraser Forster, Victor Wanyama and Virgil van Dijk have all enjoyed success with the same route, and Armstrong will still fancy his chances of long term success.

The biggest concern is that Celtic have been alleged to be missing him.

It wasn't seen as a huge worry at the time, and so it encapsulates their troublesome form this season that it is even a talking point.

Stuart Armstrong of Southampton during the Premier League match between Southampton FC and Burnley FC at St Mary's Stadium on August 12, 2018 in Southampton, United Kingdom.

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