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Stuart Armstrong: Why I left Celtic for Southampton

Southampton midfielder Stuart Armstrong says he's fulfilled a dream playing in the Premier League.

He grew up watching a lot of Leeds, also had a Gianfranco Zola shirt as a kid while he did four A-Levels and then a law degree with the Open University before football and Celtic consumed him.

“It was very exciting but I don't think I realised just how big the club is, what it means to fans, the ­passion, the noise of the stadium," he told the Mirror. “I've friends who play for ­European clubs and they say the atmosphere at Celtic Park is the best they've experienced.

“The decision to leave was a tough one but if I didn't pursue my dream as a young player to reach the Premier League it's something I would have regretted. When Southampton were interested, the aura of the club, how they play, it really appealed to me."


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