By Harvey Byrne
Celtic chief Peter Lawwell was spotted at Monday’s Premier League clash between Manchester City and Everton at the Etihad stadium, according to a report.
The Scottish Sun have claimed on their website that the Hoops’ senior man was seen sat in front of Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho as he watched 10-man City battle to a 1-1 draw against the Toffees.
It is detailed in the report that Celtic are hoping to clinch the signing of attacker Patrick Roberts for a second loan spell on Tuesday and despite the youngster not playing in the Premier League encounter, Lawwell may have needed to travel down to complete the deal.
Lawwell’s son Mark is also a part of the Manchester club, holding the title of “scouting information and content manager,” which has seen good links built between the Citizens and Celtic in the past, enabling deals like Roberts, John Guidetti and Dedryck Boyata to go through.
Now, Hoops fans will be surely be speculating if it was just Roberts that Lawell was at the Etihad for.
Football Insider verdict:
There were a number of high in quality players on show in Manchester City’s clash against Everton, but given the wage packages of those playing it is very much unlikely that Lawwell was looking at any in the starting eleven. The current differences in money between the English Premier League and Scottish Premiership is staggering and that is why Celtic have to settle for deals for youngsters such as Roberts these days. That is not to say that Roberts is a bad deal, but so far the Hoops are also unable to sign him permanently and he could be a big player in the future.
In other Celtic transfer news, this Hoops forward has completed a move to an English club.