Manchester-based journalist reckons ex-Celtic man Patrick Roberts will be on the move again shortly

By David Walton

September 8, 2020

Manchester City will consider all offers for former Celtic winger Patrick Roberts this summer, according to Manchester Evening News journalist Simon Bajkowski.

Roberts has struggled massively since the end of his second loan spell at Parkhead after the 2017/18 season. The winger spent the 2018/19 campaign on loan with Girona in La Liga, but could only conjure up one assist in 21 appearances (Transfermarkt).

Things didn’t get much better last term. Roberts had two loan stints with Norwich City and Middlesbrough respectively. Combined, he only managed 15 outings with four direct goal contributions (Transfermarkt).

Patrick Roberts has struggled since leaving Celtic (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

Naturally, his chances at Man City then look bleak. And speaking to Teeside Live, Bajkowski believes any offer will be listened to this summer:

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“There’s probably more chance of Lionel Messi playing for City than there is Patrick Roberts.

“He simply hasn’t forced himself in City’s plans for a long, long time. Players like Jack Harrison have gone on loan and caught the eye and, for whatever reason, Roberts hasn’t been able to do that.

“City tied him down until 2022 last year before he went to Norwich on loan. He’s not expected to be part of the first team squad next season so if another team comes in with a loan or permanent offer then they will be listened to.”

Will injury woes stop Celtic from coming in?

There’s no denying that Roberts was a massive fan-favourite here. When he arrived for his second loan spell three years ago, there was a massive fanfare surrounding his arrival.

But his recent injury problems could make the idea of another return off-putting for Neil Lennon. A hamstring injury halted his progress with Girona, whilst he hardly made a Norwich match-day squad last year.

Yet we know what he’s capable of when he’s given a bit of trust and love. He has previous when it comes to ripping Scottish defences apart.

Patrick Roberts during his Celtic days (OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)

We also have a real need for someone to rival James Forrest. The last man to properly do that was Roberts himself. Just him being here forced Forrest to fire himself to new heights. There’s nothing to suggest that couldn’t happen again.

For whatever reason, things haven’t worked out for the England under-21 international down south. But if City are happy to listen to all offers this summer, then it seems like we would be shooting ourselves in the foot not to at least test the waters with an enquiry.

There doesn’t appear to be a host of clubs queuing up for Roberts’ services, but their loss could be our gain if Lennon decides to give it a go.

In other news, Scottish football has been given a boost as Celtic get set for a unique trial this weekend.