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Stuart Armstrong has no regrets over leaving Celtic for Southampton

The Southampton winger is relishing the challenge of English football.

Southampton v Borussia Monchengladbach - Pre-Season Friendly Photo by Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images

Southampton have done pretty well out Celtic over the years.

Victor Wanyama, Fraser Forster and one Virgil van Dijk all made the switch from the green and white of Glasgow to the red and white of the South Coast.

Saints’ latest addition from Celtic Park is winger Stuart Armstrong, who joined Mark Hughes’ side in the summer for £7m after helping Brendan Rodgers’ side to their second domestic treble in two years.

And while he would have got used to that winning feeling at Celtic - a far cry from the results regularly picked up by Southampton these days - Armstrong has no regrets over leaving the Bhoys for the Saints and is relishing the change of pace English football provides.

“It’s different,” Armstrong said back in Scotland as he represents his country on international duty as per The Herald.

“It’s always challenging when you go to a new team, a new environment. It has taken a bit of time to get used to the different styles. But it’s a fresh challenge and I’m excited about that.

“Because I was [at] Dundee United and then Celtic, it was eight years of playing the same teams over and over again. The fixture list [in England] excites me, going to these new places, new stadiums that you have watched on the TV and been to as a young boy. That’s exciting.

“The time was right. The summer before, I had some thoughts about it, but I had had one season with Brendan Rodgers, and I wanted another.

“I knew in the back of my head that, ultimately, the time would come when I wanted a fresh challenge, and if I didn’t take it, I would probably have regretted it. It was about changing for a bit of experience and trying something new.”

Let’s hope Armstrong can live up to the performances put in by his fellow Celtic Saints.