Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell must resist the calls to sign Patrick Roberts up on a permanent deal after the attacker claimed that he wanted to stay to help the Bhoys win ’10 in a row’.
The 21-year-old, who is on-loan from Manchester City, made the revelation when quizzed by young supporters about his future with the club, as reported by the Daily Record.
Staying to help the Hoops win 10 titles in a row would mean Roberts signing a contract with the club until 2021, and this season in particular he hasn’t shown enough to suggest to the Hoops hierarchy that the Bhoys should break the bank to sign the player.
Roberts has only made 12 appearances for the Bhoys so far this season, as injuries and the form of James Forrest have limited his time on the pitch for Brendan Rodgers’ side.
The Hoops reportedly came close to signing the player on a permanent deal last summer, when original loan spell with the Hoops came to an end, with the Scotsman reporting that the Bhoys had a deal worth £8million agreed with Manchester City before Pep Guardiola pulled the plug on the move.
The Hoops wanting to pay a record fee for the player last summer was understandable to an extent, as he had shined when the Bhoys completed their domestic treble.
But having chased the player all summer, Roberts has been a disappointment in his second loan spell with the Scottish champions.
Instead of looking to break the bank for the player once, Lawwell, Rodgers and Roberts should come to an agreement that it is best for all involved if the player moves back to England and the end of two and a half mostly successful years at the Hoops.
Supporters would be upset with the development but the Bhoys are better off looking to spend the money elsewhere.
In other Celtic news, the Hoops have begun talks with Kristoffer Ajer over a new deal with the club