There’s a large contingent of the Celtic Support who would take Patrick Roberts back for another spell at the club after his exploits the first time around. There’s also a large part of the Celtic support who are fed up seeing the player constantly linked with us.
Let’s not get this article mixed up, this is not a fabricated link or an admission of interest from Celtic for the winger but it is an acknowledgement Paddy’s future is open-ended.
According to Teeside Live there’s more chance of Lionel Messi playing for Manchester City next season than there is of Patrick Roberts pulling on a City jersey. To that end, the report claims Man City will listen to offers for the Englishman this summer.
“There’s probably more chance of Lionel Messi playing for City than there is Patrick Roberts,” Simon Bajkowski, City reporter for the Manchester Evening News explained.
“He simply hasn’t forced himself in City’s plans for a long, long time. Players like Jack Harrison have gone on loan and caught the eye and, for whatever reason, Roberts hasn’t been able to do that.
“City tied him down until 2022 last year before he went to Norwich on loan.
“He’s not expected to be part of the first team squad next season so if another team comes in with a loan or permanent offer then they will be listened to.”
Given Paddy’s loan spells haven’t been the best over the piece. He has had his moments but failed to capture that invincible treble form which made the Celtic support fall in love with him. In his final season at Celtic, injury hampered much of Paddy’s season and in the end his Parkhead career came to a quiet conclusion.
We must remember, this lad only turned 23 in February and he has a lot of years to play in the game. Given his circumstances, there’s no question Celtic could land the winger on a favourable deal but would Neil Lennon want him?
Roberts played under Deila and Rodgers but never Neil Lennon. The Irishman has made his own mark on the team and might see Roberts as someone who no longer fits.
He’s a player who can make things happens and if there was a chance of a return, we would hope Neil Lennon and his team would at least explore the possibility.