Celtic fans on social media are saddened that Patrick Roberts will leave the Hoops after two-and-a-half years to return to Manchester City.
The news was confirmed by Brendan Rodgers via 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
The attacker has been at the Hoops in two loan spells from the Premier League champions, and although fans are saddened that he is set to leave the club most fans are realistic about the player wanting to try and make it in England.
One supporter claimed that the Parkhead favourite was ‘far too good to sit on the bench’, after losing out to James Forrest for a starting place this season, but so good has Forrest’s form been that he has earned that place in the side.
Here are some of the best reactions from Twitter to the news that Roberts is set to leave the Hoops:
— Georgina ???? (@Georgina87x) May 15, 2018
Genuinely gutted but patrick roberts is far too good to sit on the bench all the best for the future paddy bhoy HH
— johnpaul monaghan (@JohnJp1888) May 15, 2018
He would improve the squad ????????????????????
— Patrick Roberts fan (@_RH67) May 15, 2018
— KT63????PR7???? (@KTPaddy763) May 15, 2018
Many players come and go over the years but only a select few are missed as much as Paddy will be ???????????? he’s truly taken Celtic into his heart – thanks for the memories Paddy we love you ???? #CelticFC #PatrickRoberts @patrick7roberts https://t.co/Kr7LkZCmck
— olivia mcghie (@oliviarose18xx) May 15, 2018
— chris bradley (@cbradley180) May 15, 2018
Right Georgie, Paddy is leaving get over it, lol he obv wants to play in the EPL. We move onwards and upwards, I’m sure we will get a few new players in.
Now where did I put my tin helmet
— Peter B (@18peter88) May 15, 2018
Roberts had a hugely successful first loan spell the Hoops, and was instrumental in helping them clinch the unbeaten league season and domestic treble.
However, the aforementioned great form of Forrest and a hamstring injury which kept him out of action for almost four months have meant that the player has been nowhere as influential this season.
Despite this, we will surely go with best wishes from the club’s support after some superb performances for the Bhoys.
In other Celtic news, Atletico Madrid are set to scout Kieran Tierney