Celtic News: Roberts an ideal January recruit for Celtic

By Kevin Campbell

1st Jan, 2021 | 1:59pm

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Patrick Roberts familiarity with Celtic would make him an excellent January recruit for Neil Lennon’s side.

That is the view of ex-Arsenal and Everton forward Kevin Campbell, who said that a Parkhead return would be mutually beneficial for both Celtic and Robert in exclusive conversation with Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams.

He was reacting to a report in the Scottish Daily Record which stated that Celtic are eyeing up a loan move for Roberts as cover for James Forest, who will soon return from an ankle injury having been out since September.

If such a move came to fruition, it would be Roberts’ second stretch with the Bhoys after three successive spells on loan from Manchester City between 2016 and 2018, during which he became a well-liked figure.

“That would be a really good move because he knows the club,” he told Football Insider.

“He knows the stakes, he’s won trophies at the club.

“He was a league champion with the club, of course. So going back to Celtic, that won’t be a problem or an issue at all for Roberts.”

Roberts, who signed for City for £12million in 2015, has struggled on loan at Middlesbrough this campaign, with manager Neil Warnock saying he “wouldn’t stand in his way” if he wanted to cut short his time at the Riverside.

The 23-year-old has started just three of Boro’s 21 Championship games, failing to find the net in any.

In other news, an ex-Hoops man has suggested that Celtic have a decisive advantage in midfield ahead of Saturday’s Old Firm.