The news that Patrick Roberts has returned to Celtic first-team training, as reported by the Daily Record, has come at just the right time for the Scottish Premiership leaders.
The Bhoys, despite having a healthy eight point lead at the top of the Scottish Premiership table, have struggled in recent weeks.
The number of games played finally took it’s toll on the squad and the Hoops slumped to a 4-0 loss to Hearts and turned-in a mediocre performance in the goal less Old Firm derby in the last game before the winter break.
The return of Roberts could provide the Bhoys with the X factor that they seem to have been missing.
The English attacker has the guile and craft to take on players and create chances, a trait that has been missing in recent works apart from by James Forrest, who has thrived in Roberts’ injury absences this season.
Getting Roberts back could make the difference in the Europa League tie against Zenit. He has a good record for Celtic in Europe, and could probe to be invaluable either playing from the start or as an impact player off the bench.
Brendan Rodgers will be hoping to have Roberts back for the first game after the winter break, the Scottish Cup tie against Brechin, which seems like the ideal game to ease the player back into the squad.
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