BRENDAN RODGERS insisted he held no grudges against Stuart Armstrong for moving to Southampton.

The £7million departure of the playmaker will leave a hole in the Celtic midfield ahead of the first of four Champions League qualifying ties.

Rodgers said: “I’m obviously sad to lose a guy who has been with us on this remarkable journey in these last couple of seasons.

“We’ve something now to bind us together for life, so it’s always sad when the first one moves on.

“It’s a dream for him to play in the Premier League. It’s a sensible decision from the club’s perspective, so I’m happy for him that he gets the move.

“He’s been brilliant for me and to see him progress and develop into the player that we hoped he was going to be once we came in I’m delighted for him.”

The Hoops boss, following the 1-0 midweek win over SK Vorwarts, is now preparing his players for the game against Czech side Bohemians in Austria tomorrow before a meeting with Sparta Prague on Tuesday.

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