Chris Sutton: This is how Rangers will react as Roberts reportedly nears Celtic return
By Danny Wright
Chris Sutton believes that Rangers will be gutted to see Partick Roberts return to Celtic for another season.
BBC Scotland reported on the BBC Sport website that the 20-year-old attacker is on the verge of re-signing for the Hoops from Manchester City in a season-long loan deal.
It is understood that the deal should go through next week after he turned down moves to Southampton and Ligue 1 side Nice.
Roberts won two Scottish Premiership titles during his 18-month temporary stay at Celtic Park, which ended at the climax of last season when he helped the Bhoys win the domestic treble without defeat.
Now Sutton, 44, thinks that clubs like Rangers and Aberdeen will be left even further behind of Brendan Rodgers’ Celtic with this latest addition.
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“If you are Aberdeen or Rangers looking at this deal, it would make you shake your head and wonder how on earth you can get near them,” said Sutton on the Daily Record website.
“I was sat there thinking the other day that it would be virtually impossible for Celtic to go through another entire season without losing a game and winning another Treble. It just seems too much of an ask.
“But now you add Roberts to their mix, they are blowing everyone away yet further.”
Former Fulham winger Roberts earned 60 appearances across all competitions for Celtic, scoring 17 goals and supplying 21 assists in the process.
He came of age under the leadership of Rodgers last term when he established himself as a real fan favourite at Parkhead, meaning there’s no doubt that the supporters will be delighted to have him back for at least one more season.
Roberts has made just three first-team appearances for Man City and it’s unlikely that he would be anywhere near to a spot in the senior squad this term.
In other Celtic news, the odds have tumbled on the Hoops signing this experienced Premier League player.