ARMSTRONG BLOW BUT NO EARLY RETURN FOR CHRISTIE

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STUART ARMSTRONG underwent surgery in Germany yesterday to sort out a troublesome groin injury that has held back the midfielder this season.

With the injury showing no improvement in the warm weather climate in Dubai the Celtic medical team tok the decision to out the player under the knife and as a result the Scotland internationalist will be out for a month or so. The hernia operation will mean that he is certain to miss the Scottish Cup early rounds and the SPFL matches against Partick Thistle and the two Edinburgh sides.

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Armstrong signed a contract extension for one additional year last summer which means that the 25 year old will be going into the final year of his deal next season.

He has long held ambitions to play in England and there was some speculation that Southampton were ready to move for him in this window. Although that was limited to one story in the Sunday Post, and was probably just speculation, it is certainly dead in the water now as the popular midfielder begins his recovery.

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Celtic are still without Paddy Roberts and Tom Rogic and with the lose of Armstrong on top the creative side if the squad will be stretched to the limits in the coming games.

There were a few calls on social media last night to re-call Ryan Christie from his loan spell at Aberdeen but that isn’t Brendan Rodgers’ style.

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