Patrick Roberts should be on Celtic’s transfer wish list if his Girona loan is cut short.
The former Celtic loanee has hardly played for the Catalan club since joining in the summer, and the Scottish Sun have reported that he could go back to Manchester City in January.
A rumoured £6 million bid was tabled in the summer from Celtic to keep Roberts at Parkhead.
However, Roberts and parent club Manchester City opted for The Blues’ Spanish feeder club.
Roberts in Spain hasn’t worked out so far
The England under-21 international has made only nine appearances this season.
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The winger has started in Girona’s last two matches in La Liga, showing he may still have a spot.
Roberts was influential in Girona’s one goal victory away at Valencia in the Mestalla.
Celtic are crying out for a permanent left winger since losing the 21-year old last season. The Hoops should be looking at their former player as the solution. The pacy winger spent two and a half years on-loan under Ronny Deila and Brendan Rodgers.
Appearances were limited last season due to a lengthy spell out with injury.
Nevertheless, he remained a fan favourite due for his entire spell at Celtic. He scored 18 goals in all competitions and put on a show in almost every game.
The winger was known for his signature move of cutting inside to release a shot aimed at the far post.
Roberts was a popular figure in the team, making friendships notably with Kieran Tierney and Nir Bitton.
Celtic, a step backwards for Paddy?
Unfortunately, he has arguably achieved all he can in a Celtic jersey. Critics said this when talks of a new loan surfaced before joining for an extra year.
Roberts would need to make a serious career decision should his former club come calling.
Roberts has won two trebles and played in the Champions League twice with Celtic.
His highlight evidently was his goal at Anderlecht as Celtic got a rare win away in the group stages.
Fans would welcome ‘Paddy’ back with open arms, be it January or the summer, if a bid is made.
His purchase should solve an age old problem with Celtic’s attacking left. There would also be no ticking clock on his time at Celtic.
The fans love him and now Roberts goes back to Man City with his future uncertain.