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Stuart Armstrong has finally signed a new contract...but he probably won’t be sticking around for much longer
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THE BIG STORY: Stuart Armstrong has finally signed a new contract with Celtic...but there’s a catch. His new deal lasts until summer 2019, which is only a one year extension really to his present deal which runs out in summer 2018. Naturally it is very good news that we won’t be losing him for very little money in January, it seems that Stu’s long term future lies away from Celtic Park. Nevertheless, the player is ‘delighted’ to have signed his new deal.

OTHER NEWS: After the excitement of the Astana game, it’s back to league business away to Kilmarnock tomorrow lunchtime. You would expect the team will have a few changes before Tuesday’s second leg against Astana, starts for the likes of Ajer and Hayes seem a certainty. We’ll hopefully find out more from Brendan Rodgers at today’s press conference on the site later on.

With the Armstrong deal now sorted, it’s time to look towards new signings this month, and I wrote an article last night advising Celtic to ‘go for broke’ this month, which you can read here.

Nir Bitton has spoken about his performance against Astana, revealing that he was a ‘little bit nervous’ before the game - he’s not the only one! He also praised his fellow defenders for helping him through the game.

ON THIS DAY: In 1979, ten man Celtic recovered from the sending-off of Roy Aitken to score two goals in the last six minutes and get a point in a 2-2 draw with Rangers at Ibrox, the Celtic goals coming from Alan Sneddon and Tom McAdam.