Just before the window closed and even now there is still chat of Celtic signing on-loan midfielder Patrick Roberts on a permanent basis.

While as a Celtic fan I would welcome this sort of forward thinking and intent to back the manager with a large outlay of cash it appears to be futile.

The young winger who has put in some memorable performances for Celtic since joining on-loan last season is highly regarded at Celtic Park, the bad thing though is he’s highly regarded at the Etihad also.

The feeling down south is although Pep has taken over at Manchester City there is enough people in the youth developmental side fighting the young man’s corner and are pushing for him to get a look in at the end of his current loan deal.

Patrick is facing an uphill battle back in Manchester who have so much star power the home-grown quota don’t stand a chance at times, no matter how talented. To Manchester he cost £12million and change, that’s a drop in the ocean to the former Premier league champions, but that kind of outlay from a Celtic point of view is unimaginable. Another reason why it just doesn’t look like it’s in the stars.

Patrick has a massive incentive at the end of the month when he goes up against his parent club in the Champions League. If he wants to make an impression on Pep then he must be at his best on the night. The player could very well help deliver a memorable evening at Celtic Park.

While he looks to be enjoying his football up here and sparked a budding bromance with Celtic left-back Kieran Tierney, it would seem Celtic will just be a passing fancy for the wonderkid on his emerging footballing journey. We should appreciate his talent while he is here.


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  1. Initial outlay of 7 million by City rising to 12 mill with addons i.e appearances, international caps etc.

    Im sure a 5 mill bid with addons of maybe 2.5 for the same could tempt City considering the amount of cash they are splashing.

  2. Would be great to have young Patrick on a permanent signing, but, he must be out of our price bracket, so lets all enjoy the young man`s talents while we can, and pray for a we miracle that we may just get him in our price range. Miracle`s do happen. Hail Hail.

  3. Tend to agree with you up to the point of not signing him.Think he needs to get his head up more when he’s running with the ball and release it a bit sooner but I think this is maybe down to his age.I think if we can afford the financial package that it will take then get him on board.

  4. If we’re taking a Man City unwanted player i’d be sending young Patrick back and trying to get Denayer back on the cheap. He’s sitting on his arse for Sunderland’s bench at the moment. Paddy is clearly very skillful but very left footed meaning he doesn’t get to the byline enough for my liking and his tracking back is brutal. If we’re going to blow the kind of money being quoted for him i’d rather see a talented defensive mid being brought in. January should be an interesting transfer window

  5. Good player that he is though we could not afford him we are only putting him in the shop window for Man City why do we have to keep getting loan deals & keep progressing these players for there parent club why can’t we progress our own talent instead after all Lennoxtown is dispossessed to be the state of the art

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