The mood around Celtic Park was a bit sombre when Virgil van Dijk was scouted by Southampton. Virgil looked like he was scared to break a fingernail in the capitulation against Legia Warsaw; we lost out on Champions League qualification, although the player was heading south anyway.
With Stuart Armstrong being measured for a red and white outfit, there is significantly less stress at Celtic. Stuart delivered for Celtic during his three years at the club, but he left unable to command a regular starting place in the team. We are selling a fringe player who has one season left on his contract for a fee which reflects the inflated English transfer market.
Celtic have managed this playing asset very well. Consequently, they have more money available to invest in the team. It is also worth noting that we could have sold the player a year ago, but resisted as Brendan Rodgers did not have back fill. The manager has been preparing for this scenario since. This should be an enjoyable summer for the Celtic support.