Celtic star Craig Gordon: Stuart Armstrong will be a summer target for Premier League clubs
Armstrong has been sensational for the Hoops this season, scoring 12 goals, and his stock has risen further following an outstanding Scotland debut in Sunday’s win over Slovenia.
Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers is desperate to extend the 24-year-old midfielder’s contract, which expires in 2018, but keeper Gordon insists his colleague could easily make the step up to the Premier League and is sure his displays will have caught the attention of big clubs down south.
He said: “Stuart is playing fantastically well at the moment. At the start of the season he worked really hard, got himself in the team and is now playing probably the best football he has ever played.
“To go into a Scotland team and play like he did on Sunday, with the energy he brought to the midfield, he was outstanding.
“Slovenia couldn’t deal with him. He ran his opposite number into the ground.
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“To have that amount of energy in your engine room, with the quality he possesses as well, is great. He scores goals and makes goals. He is a real asset for any team to have.
“He could play at Premier League level. He is turning into a big player and he is doing it in big games. That’s what you look for from players, to see how they do in the bigger games. He is contributing, scoring in games against Rangers and now creating goals for Scotland.
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“He’s got everything and is playing with so much confidence at the moment. I wouldn’t be surprised if there were some really big teams looking at him.”
Gordon and Armstrong were among six Celtic players who started against Slovenia at Hampden. The June 10 qualifier with England kicks off little more than a week before the Celtic squad report back for pre-season training ahead of vital Champions League qualifiers.
Scotland No 1 Gordon, however, doesn’t care if his holiday is cut short to star for his country.
Craig Gordon doesn't mind if he has to cut short his holidays for Champions League qualifiers
He said: “I want to play as much as possible so it’s a sacrifice I’m happy to make.
“It might mean 10 days of a break between that game and the start of pre-season. But if that’s what it has to be then I’m willing to do that.”
Celtic captain Scott Brown has yet to decide if he’ll be available for the England clash, but Gordon would have no problem with him skipping that game and returning for September’s qualifiers.
Gordon added: “He took the break in the summer and had a great pre-season. He showed everyone he was right back at the top of his game.
“If that’s what he needs to be able to play at that level, and to be able to play for Scotland in the next game, then in the long run that might be the best thing. He’ll understand his own position.”