Patrick Roberts has been linked with a move back to Celtic ever since he left the club to pursue a career in England.
Since leaving the Hoops, things haven’t gone quite to plan for the winger.
Paddy has had loan spells at Girona, Norwich, Middlesbrough, Derby and now French side Troyes.
Like Girona, Troyes are a sister outfit to Manchester City and they’ve specifically sent the Englishman there.
After nearly half a season in France, the former Celtic star has played just 13 minutes of football and can’t make a squad that’s struggling for wins in the top flight of French football.
Paddy’s decision not to return to Celtic was to pursue the next step in his career. Six years into life at Manchester City, the winger has struggled to live up to his early billing and has more goals against his parent club than for them.
The 24–year–old hasn’t gambled on himself enough and took an extension with Manchester City when it was clear they were going to keep loaning him out.
We’re now approaching the January window and when the clock hits midnight on December 31st, Paddy will be free to talk to any club who wishes to sign him in a free this summer.
If you’re sick to death of Patrick Roberts to Celtic links, I’d buckle up this January.
I can’t see the Patrick sticking around in France playing zero football and if a club shows real ambition to sign him on a permanent deal in January, it will likely be considered by Manchester City.
Should Celtic be among the teams vying for the wee mans signature?
It really depends on what upside you see in Liel Abada. We have a James Forrest and Liel in the right wing position, bringing in Paddy would mean one of those two were in trouble of losing their squad spot.
Abada had a great start to his Celtic career but significantly cooled off since. He still grabbed an assist at the weekend after coming off the bench at half time, there’s lots of fans who see his potential.
However, to grab Roberts on a free when a few years ago he would have cost upwards of £6m seems like a no brainier.
We’ll see what comes of things in January.