'I'd love to see' - Kris Commons urges Celtic to sign electric forward within hours
By Harry Sykes
Kris Commons has urged Celtic to push through the signing of Patrick Roberts in time for him to play in their Champions League showdown against FC Astanta on Wednesday night.
Former Hoops playmaker Commons is convinced that Roberts would make a big impact if he was back in the team’s ranks for the pivotal play-off tie.
The treble winners are reportedly sweating on a decision from Roberts’ club Manchester City as they aim sign him before tomorrow’s (Tuesday) deadline for adding a player to the squad for both legs of the Champions League qualification round.
With Leigh Griffiths still not fully fit as he struggles to recover from calf problems, Commons believes that the dazzling winger is capable of leading the line in the first leg.
Asked who is preference would be to spearhead the attack if Griffiths is not deemed fit enough to start, Commons told the BBC Scotland website: “I’d love to see Paddy Roberts up there.”
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Of the current players available to manager Brendan Rodgers, Commons said: “I’d probably say James Forrest just because of his willingness and eagerness to run in behind.
“I think he can stretch teams that will give space to the likes of Sinclair, Rogic and Stuart Armstrong.”
Celtic must sign Roberts before Uefa’s 11pm deadline on Tuesday, which is when they must submit their squad for the two-legged tie against Astana.
He finished an 18-month loan at Celtic in June and even played against his parent club in the Champions League group stages last season.
The England Under-20 international ended the 2016-17 in outstanding form, with his haul of 11 goals and 19 assists from 43 league and cup appearances enough to catch the eyes of clubs all around Europe.
In other Celtic transfer news, Football Insider has revealed the Hoops are in the hunt to sign a dazzling attacking midfielder as late window interest to reach fever pitch.