Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers will be looking to a new winger to replace Patrick Roberts in the summer, after it was revealed that the attacker will be returning south to Manchester City at the end of the season.
The news was revealed by Rodgers on the Hoops’ official Twitter account.
🗣️ BR on @patrick7roberts: “We are going to lose young Pat, who will go back to Man City. He’s had a fantastic two-and-a-half years and he’s been unfortunate this season with injury and whatnot. We will lose some players naturally but we have to keep improving the squad.”
— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) May 15, 2018
One player that should be high on the list of Roberts replacements is Middlesbrough winger Adama Traore.
The lightning-quick attacker might want to quit the Riverside in the summer after Boro’s promotion dreams ended in a 1-0 aggregate play-off loss to Aston Villa, and Rodgers should be making a move as soon as possible.
Traore has 10 assists in the Championship this season, and has also chipped in with five goals, after making the move from Villa to Middlesbrough in 2016.
Former Boro defender George Boateng is a huge fan of the ex-Barcelona winger, and he recently claimed, as quoted by the Gazette Live, that Boro would find it hard to keep the player beyond the summer.
The Hoops should make that decision for the player by swiftly submitting a bit for the 5ft 8in 22-year-old.
It would be a statement of intent that the Hoops are serious about the upcoming Champions League qualifiers, and also be a notable replacement for Roberts, who on his day was a great player for the club.
In other Celtic news, fans are saddened by Roberts’ impending departute