It will come as no real surprise to Celtic fans that Patrick Roberts is set to leave the Hoops and return to Manchester City at the end of the season.
The player’s imminent departure was confirmed by Hoops boss Brendan Rodgers on the club’s 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
After spending two different loan spells with the Hoops it is no surprise that Roberts wants to return down south, and try and become a success with the Premier League champions.
He has won it all for the Hoops, becoming part of a team which clinched a domestic treble and also set a British record of 69 domestic matches without defeat.
He also managed to taste some European success with the Hoops, scoring the second goal in the Bhoys’ 3-0 Champions League group stage victory over Anderlecht.
All being said, these days getting a player to stay with a club for two-and-a-half years on loan is an anomaly, and Rodgers and the Hoops board did very well to get him to return to the Hoops for one more loan spell in August after his original loan deal came to an end.
It is just unfortunate for the player that injuries limited his appearances this season, but he should take plenty of confidence from his time as part of a massively successful side and will be interesting to watch him develop as a player, and who knows, perhaps one day he could eventually return to Glasgow for a third spell with the Hoops.
In other Celtic news, Atletico Madrid are set to scout Kieran Tierney