Chris Sutton: £11m Celtic player could go out on loan next season
By Amir Mir
Chris Sutton is convinced that Celtic winger Patrick Roberts might be loaned out again next season.
The 19-year-old winger is midway through an 18-month loan from Premier League side Manchester City, joining the Glasgow giants in the last day of the January window.
But former Celtic striker Sutton believes Roberts could agree another loan deal in the 2017-18 season.
Roberts quickly drew plaudits during his first few months with the Scottish champions, scoring six goals in 11 Premiership games last term under the stewardship of former boss Ronny Deila.
Now, he is working under former Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers, who is known to be a huge admirer of younger talent.
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Former Premier League winner Sutton provided his verdict on Roberts’ future in a question-and-answer session on his personal Twitter account.
Will Patrick Roberts play for City next season or will he be loaned out again?
— Danny Watters (@dannyw3369) December 6, 2016
Good question! I think he maybe loaned again???? https://t.co/6TgGGc9m4W
— Chris Sutton (@chris_sutton73) December 6, 2016
Roberts already has two trophies to his name in Glasgow, lifting the SPL title last season and now winning the Scottish League Cup in November.
During this campaign he has played 21 Scottish Premiership, Champions League and League Cup games for Rodgers side, scoring three goals and providing six assists.
The Englishman, who joined City from Fulham in a deal rising to £11million, produced a man-of-the-match display at the weekend, when the Bhoys scored a late goal to secure a dramatic 4-3 win against Motherwell at Fir Park.
Roberts scored and assisted on Saturday afternoon, helping Celtic maintain their unbeaten start to the 2016/17 campaign.
Rodgers men have won 12 out of 13 league games this term, leading the SPL table by eight points with a game in hand, but they are bottom of their Champions League group.
Roberts will travel to his parent club on Tuesday night, looking to help his team secure their first win of their European campaign, despite already being knocked out.
In other Celtic news, Charlie Nicholas had provided his verdict on the Hoops Champions League clash at Manchester City.