Scotland midfielder Stuart Armstrong thrilled with first Southampton goal since moving south from Celtic


STUART ARMSTRONG admits he is delighted with his first goal for Southampton after netting in his home debut.

The Scotland internationalist scored Saints’ equaliser to cap an impressive display as his new club defeated Spaniards Celta Vigo 3-2 in a friendly on Wednesday night.

The 26-year-old played the first hour and was afterwards branded a £7 million bargain by supporters following his transfer from Celtic this summer.

The former Dundee United midfielder scored 28 times in 144 appearances during three and a half years with Celtic and insists he is eager to get amongst the goals south of the border as well.

He said: “In the first half, we created a good number of chances and maybe should have taken one or two of them.

“Obviously we were disappointed with the way we conceded goals, but I think it shows good character for the team to come back and win 3-2, and build towards the start of the season.

“I always want to add goals, and getting one was a nice bonus, especially at home in my first game in front of the fans.

“That was nice, but overall it was just nice to be part of a winning team.”


Armstrong is set to make his English Premier League debut at home to Burnley a week on Sunday and has revelled in Southampton’s busy pre-season preparations.

The St Mary’s outfit took part in the Club Super Cup in China last month before a training camp in France and continue their warm-up with a friendly against Borussia Monchengladbach tomorrow.

Armstrong added to Saints Live: “We’ve been travelling a fair bit. Obviously we had two weeks in China, then we were back for a few days, and then away again to France, so it’s been pretty hectic since I came down here.

“But it’s all good things, all different experiences and another good one [on Wednesday night], so things have been good.

“Everyone’s been great with me. There’s a lot of organisation in coming down here and making sure everything else goes smoothly outside the training ground, so credit to the club for making that transition as smooth as possible.”