BBC journalist: PL attacker will tell club he wants Celtic move, fans play major factor in decision
By Harvey Byrne
Manchester City attacker Patrick Roberts will tell the cash-rich Premier League outfit that he wants a loan return to Parkhead on Tuesday, according to a BBC journalist.
Kenny Macintyre, who works for BBC Radio Scotland has told his followers via his personal Twitter account on Tuesday that the 20-year-old will “today” tell the Manchester club that he was a move back to Parkhead with messages from Hoops fans playing a “major factor” in his decision.
— Kenny Macintyre (@bbckennymac) August 8, 2017
Roberts originally joined Celtic in January 2016 on an 18-month loan deal from Manchester City and proved a huge hit with the Hoops fan base.
The wide attacker helped the club lift the Scottish Premiership twice alongside the League Cup and Scottish Cup trophies during his time in Glasgow and he has so far played 60 times for Brendan Rodgers’ side, returning 17 goals and 21 assists.
The Hoops have already added wide attacker Jonny Hayes to their side this summer, but Rodgers will be keen to bolster his squad as he plans a defence of last season’s treble.
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Football Insider verdict:
This is a huge boost for Celtic and no doubt fans will be delighted that Roberts wants to make his return to Parkhead. The right-winger is a huge talent and only isn’t playing in the Premier League due to Manchester City stocking their squad up with expensive quality. If Celtic fans can next get Roberts to join the club permanently after holding a personal affinity with the side then this could be one of the best deals the Hoops make in recent years. However, a loan deal will suffice for now and Celtic will be adding another quality youngster to their ranks in Roberts.
In other Celtic transfer news, Hoops assistant Chris Davies talked about Roberts in Monday’s press conference.