Report: Prolific forward due in Glasgow to seal Celtic switch after snubbing La Liga club
By Danny Wright
Patrick Roberts has snubbed the chance to move to La Liga club Girona on loan despite Manchester City’s best efforts, according to a report.
The Daily Mail claims that Roberts, 20, is now on the verge of returning to Celtic on a season-long deal after he “resisted attempts” from City to be shipped out to Spain.
The former Fulham attacker spent 18 months on loan at Celtic, winning two Scottish Premiership titles and playing a huge part in last season’s unbeaten domestic treble in the process as he earned cult hero status among the Parkhead faithful.
It is understood that the England youth international will travel to Glasgow within the next few days in order to finalise his switch to Celtic, where Brendan Rodgers has made him his top summer target.
Although it is reported that the Hoops will be splashing a big loan fee on Roberts, they are said to be looking at bolstering their striker options with Rubin Kazan’s £11million-valued forward Sardar Azmoun on Rodgers’ shortlist.
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Roberts proved himself to be a prolific wide-forward during his year-and-a-half spell at Celtic.
He scored 17 goals and supplied 21 assists in 60 appearances across all competitions.
The England Under-20 international can play as a striker as well as in his favoured position on the wing.
Football Insider Verdict
When Roberts re-signs for Celtic it will be a massive boost for everyone involved in the club. With the Champions League groups stages looking a dead certainty, Roberts’ arrival could prove to be the catalyst which sees the Bhoys finish in at least third place in their group. There’s no doubt that Celtic will be hoping for a better group draw than last season and the minimum expectation should be to at least try and get into the knock out stages of the Europa League. Scottish football gets a lot of stick and this year could be the year that the Bhoys get to prove a lot of people wrong and go on a good run in Europe. Roberts will no doubt be a major part of that.