Date: 20th June 2020 at 8:19am
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Celtic fans waded in after a Southampton Twitter account referred to the Scottish champions as their feeder club.

The comment came on the back of Stuart Armstrong scoring the crucial second goal in their 3-0 win away to Norwich. It was his fourth goal in seven matches, stretching back to January and the turnaround in Southampton’s season. Yesterday’s win sends Saints well clear of relegation with a top half finish looking realistic.

After a season finding his feet Southampton are discovering the Armstrong that was a key factor in Celtic’s 2016/17 Invincible season.

As the midfielder admitted, playing in the EPL was always his end game. The following season his form was patchy but Celtic have never been short of dominating midfielders. Olivier Ntcham excelled during 2017/18 with Ryan Christie the star turn over the last two seasons.

Armstrong is a class act but Celtic aren’t short of options in the centre of the park, Tom Rogic spent most of last season on the sidelines despite his achievements in recent times.

Celtic’s ‘relationship’ with Southampton is a recent development, starting in 2013 with the transfer of Victor Wanyama for £12m. Fraser Forster took the same route a year later before the Jewel in the Crown- Virgil van Dijk joined the Celtic colony.

The best part of £50m has been deposited in the Celtic bank account, including the van Dijk add on.

While that has been very welcome, and maintained Southampton’s top flight status, Celtic got some pay back on the pitch last season with Fraser Forster and Moi Elyounoussi making big contributions towards winning two trophies and reaching the knock-out phase of the Europa League. Celtic are in talks about keeping the loan duo for next season.