Mitchell Roberts would make a good Celtic signing this month

By Hamish Carton

January 23, 2020

Any Celtic fans well versed in the transfer rumour mill surrounding the club may remember the name Mitchell Roberts from months gone by.

The English teenager was a reported target for Neil Lennon’s men back in late August.

The Sun claimed that the Hoops were “lining up a deal” to bring the Birmingham centre-back up to Glasgow with a view to the future.

St. Andrew’s Stadium (Photo by Morgan Harlow/Getty Images)

The report also stated that the 19-year-old was wanted by English treble winners Manchester City after he caught the eye playing against their development team.

It was also said that Roberts would be sold “for the right price” although no deal was ever forthcoming, nor was their any confirmation of our interest from any club.

But if there is an interest, then now might be the perfect time to reignite our move to shore up our defensive options.

Kristoffer Ajer and Christopher Jullien (Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN/AFP via Getty Images)

Roberts would have a chance of first-team football at Celtic

We are in need of a new centre-back option following Jack Hendry’s departure to Melbourne City.

Irish international Lee O’Connor has also left on loan and, although he’s expected back in a few months, we’re still short in the meantime.

O’Connor’s best position is still up for debate too. He’s featured predominately at right-back for the development side, as well as Ireland, so there is a feeling that we need some more cover in the middle.

Lee O’Connor playing for Ireland (Photo By Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

Rather than patching up our defence with a washed up export from the continent why don’t we give Roberts the chance to stake a claim?

We have three pretty experienced options already at the club – in Jozo Simunovic, Kristoffer Ajer and Christopher Jullien – so the pressure wouldn’t be on the teenager to play any football immediately.

He could instead get to grips with the development team, much like Luca Connell and Jonathan Afolabi have, and move up to the first-team when he is ready.

Roberts would be unlikely to cost a large fee, given his age and inexperience, so we could even afford to buy another centre-back if we still felt we were short.

Celtic are building to the future in virtually every position at the moment – bar centre-back. It would be nice if we could change that this month.