It wouldn’t truly be a Celtic transfer window without some chat about Paddy Roberts returning to the club.
The mercurial winger was a huge fans favourite with the Hoops support during his three seasons at Parkhead between 2016 and 2018.
Yesterday, we told you how Manchester Evening News journalist Simon Bajkowski had given an update on Roberts’ future – suggesting that he’s likely to be on the move again this summer.
Twitter page Man City Xtra relayed that update on Wednesday and lots of Celtic fans have been interacting with the tweet, as they hope and pray for a Roberts return.
bring paddy roberts home
— campbell (@Campbellb123) September 10, 2020
— CelticLisboa (@CelticLisboaa) September 10, 2020
Get him up the road, Celtic! https://t.co/a7657B3xqt
— Stefan (@MrStefanCarlin) September 10, 2020
Obviously sign Paddy Roberts.
— Edgar Blamm (@EdgarBlamm) September 10, 2020
— Aodhan Heaney (@AodhanHeaney) September 10, 2020
Its no a transfer window if Paddy Roberts isn't linked with Celtc😂😴
— John O'Rourke (@Johnor_1) September 10, 2020
Paddy roberts ASAP and thank you, James forrest has played enough
— Muiry (@MuiryCeltic) September 10, 2020
Honestly think Celtic are crazy if they don’t try and sign Paddy Roberts
— Stevo T (@Stevo____) September 10, 2020
— . (@_RH88_) September 10, 2020
I’d take Paddy Roberts. Bring him back @CelticFC
— Liam Fuller (@Fuller_1293) September 10, 2020
So Paddy Roberts rumours surfacing again, would we gave him back? I would, it’s the attacking spark we are missing in the squad imo
— Nicky Gibb (@NickyGibb84) September 10, 2020
Signing Roberts would give the whole club a boost
So lots of Celtic fans would clearly like to see Roberts back. Whether the winger would like to return seems like the more pressing issue.
Since leaving us in mid-2018, Roberts has spent loan spells at Girona, Norwich and Middlesbrough. He seemed to be pretty well liked at the latter, before the COVID shutdown ended his season.
Roberts is a winger who knows Celtic well and, at 23, is much younger than you would expect.
If City are indeed keen to offload him this summer then we should be near the front of the queue.
The boost a signing like Roberts would bring the support would be huge, not to mention the kick up the backside it may give to the likes of James Forrest.
Roberts was one of the many players spoken about on our LIVE Transfer Show on the 67 Hail Hail channel. You can check it out below.
So often in football they say never to go back. But sometimes, just sometimes, it makes sense for both parties.