Celtic have reportedly provided star midfielder Stuart Armstrong with an assurance that he can leave Glasgow next summer even if he signs a new deal, according to the Daily Record.
The Scotland international is out of contract at the end of the upcoming season and as yet has not agreed an extension. One of the reasons for this is believed to be the ongoing speculation linking him with a move to the Premier League.
Brendan Rodgers realises that he will not be able to hang on to such a prized asset for too much longer but he hopes to get one more season out of the star, who has two caps for his country.
If the former Dundee United man does agree to a new deal at Celtic Park with the assurance in place then the Bhoys can command a significant transfer fee when Armstrong does leave, whereas he could leave for nothing if no extension is signed.
West Browmwich Albion, Brighton & Hove Albion and Southampton have all been rumoured to have shown interest in the midfielder but Celtic are understandably unwilling to sell such an important player right now.
The 25-year-old has just come off of his best season in a Hoops shirt and is warranting plenty of interest. He scored 15 times in the Scottish Premiership as the Bhoys completed the domestic treble and was a huge part of such a successful campaign.
Putting pen to paper could be something of a risk for Armstrong as if he has a drop in form then those in demand for him could look elsewhere, especially if they would have to pay a sizeable fee for his services – whereas if he is a free transfer a club may well still take a punt on him regardless of his form this season.