Tierney: I have been on the phone to PL attacker trying to force Celtic move
By Derek Smithson
Kieran Tierney has admitted that he has been pleading with Patrick Roberts on the phone to join Celtic in the summer.
The pair were teammates last season for the Bhoys as they completed a famous domestic treble, but Roberts left the Scottish champions in the summer when his 18-month loan spell expired.
The 20-year-old attacker has returned to his parent club of Premier League side Manchester City, where he has made just three senior appearances so far.
Tierney has revealed that he would love the winger to return to Scotland next season and detailed the discussions on the phone.
“I would be delighted if we were able to get Patrick Roberts back, I really would,” Tierney said, as quoted by the Glasgow Evening Times. “He showed last season what he can do and he was part of what was an incredible season for us.
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“I am on the phone to him all the time – I am telling him every other day that he would be better back here for another crack at it! It is out of my hands but I spent a full season on at him so here’s hoping it might have had some effect.”
Roberts became a crucial part of Brendan Rodgers’ team last season and was an ever-present in the starting line-up.
The right winger made 47 appearances across all competitions, scoring 11 goals and supplying 19 assists in return.
He has now returned to Pep Guardiola’s side and it’s unclear whether or not he will feature in Man City’s first team plans next season.
The English club will be striving for silverware next year and are sure to have a very competitive squad, with the likes of Leroy Sane, Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva battling for a spot at the Etihad Stadium.
In other Celtic transfer news, Chris Sutton has identified the area the club must strengthen in the summer.