PATRICK ROBERTS set social media alight yesterday when he posted a snap of he and Kieran Tierney sitting on a plane to Dubai, setting off with the Celtic squad.

After suffering a longterm injury late last year, the midfielder has been receiving treatment from his parent club Manchester City as he battles back to full fitness.

With that in mine, nobody thought the player would be joining Celtic for their training trip to Dubai under the circumstances.

It has raised hopes the player will be back sooner than expected and we may still see Patrick in the Hoops again before the end of the season.

Before now, many were speculating that we may not see Patrick in a Celtic jersey again.

A lot of Celtic fans have soured on the midfielder after not having a proper pre-season he was expected to hit the heights of the previous seasons. Niggling injuries before his longterm layoff was also a significant factor in Paddy not being able to get into a rhythm which seen him become a fan-favourite.

There is no doubt the tricky winger offers something different and if Celtic can get him back for any part of this seasons run in then they should.

It may sound like a broken record, but if Celtic can get this lad permanently in the summer, it would prove a masterstroke even if a lot of people seem to have forgotten how good he can be.