Express Sport revealed that the Premier League club’s manager, Tony Pulis, sent chief scout Andy Thorn to Aberdeen on Friday to run the rule over Hoops midfielder Armstrong, who scored in the 3-1 victory.

Pulis has revealed he will deal directly with Brendan Rodgers should he decide to take the matter further.

Armstrong has a year to run on his contract and talks on an extension have so far ended in stalemate.

But Davies regards transfer talk over a player Celtic don’t want to lose as flattering.

He said: “One of the consequences of what we’re achieving and what we’re doing is that people get linked with other clubs. That’s a positive because it means you are doing something really good. It’s a ‘well done’ to the whole team and the individuals for their performances.