Cape Town - Southampton has confirmed the
signing of attacking midfielder Stuart Armstrong on a four-year deal from
Celtic in Scotland.
Armstrong is the first signing for the
Saints manager Mark Hughes ahead of the new English Premier League season.
The 24-year old midfielder has made his
mark playing for the Scottish champions and last season scored 17 goals as
Celtic won a treble.
Hughes said the Armstrong is an exciting
addition to his squad and is confident he will be an asset to the Saints going
Hughes told his club website: "We have
strong players in the squad and it is important we build on that by adding
different qualities. It is important we add a greater goal threat to the team
as a whole and to our midfield specifically, and Stuart's record of scoring and
creating makes him an extremely exciting addition in that area.
"He brings with him extensive
experience of European football and has developed his game impressively over
the past few seasons at a major club in Celtic, where there is a demand not
only to perform but also to win. Stuart has done both during his time there.
"Our research tells us he is an
excellent young man, intelligent, and a strong team player, and clearly having
another really good character in our group is part of what we want here at
"He has shown tremendous drive to
improve and has also displayed a great desire to be a part of what we are
trying to achieve here, and I believe he will be a real asset to the squad in
the years ahead."