Patrick Roberts, the oft overlooked winger at Manchester City, has recently been given some advice about a possible move back to Celtic.
Manchester City winger Patrick Roberts is an often overlooked player. The 23-year old player has spent the majority of his career hopping between clubs on loan deals, and has never been able to find a true home. Manchester City was hoping that the loans deals would help develop the player into a calibre suitable for English Premier League competition. Now, he could be eyeing a move back to Celtic.
Patrick Roberts did a loan spell with Celtic from 2016 to 2018 where he found a moderate amount of success. The Hoops are interested in bringing the winger in on a permanent deal during this summer’s transfer window. It has been reported by TeamTalk that the Hoops are valuing Roberts at £3 million.
The move to Celtic could be great for the club. Roberts has a pedigree and great experience for someone his age. He would help fill a void at the winger position, especially if Mohamed Elyounoussi was not brought in on a permanent deal.
Speaking with Football Insider, former striker Noel Whelan thinks the move could be beneficial for all parties:
“Sometimes you need to go away to get better and if you do come back, you come back more of a mature player, you’ve progressed your career and maybe hit the heights that you expected beforehand.
“I think it would be a good move. I think he’d be relishing the chance to show what he can do after being away. I think that would be a good opportunity.
“I’m sure Celtic wouldn’t be interested unless they really thought that he was the player they expected.”
This is not the first time that Whelan has suggested that an English Premier League player could find their way North to Glasgow. The addition of talent and veteran presence will go a long way in helping reshape the club as manager Neil Lennon has stated he wants to do.
Roberts could be a big piece in helping the Hoops achieve the legendary 10-in-a-row.