Ex-Celtic winger Patrick Roberts unlikely to leave Middlesbrough this month

By Euan Davidson

January 16, 2021

Former Celtic winger Patrick Roberts is unlikely to wind up returning to the club any time soon.

That’s the indication given from Middlesbrough manager Neil Warnock. Roberts is on loan at Boro for the 20-21 campaign, from his parent club Manchester City.

It’s one of several loans that Roberts has had while signed to the Citizens. This one, however, hasn’t worked out as planned. The winger has only played 346 minutes of football this season (Transfermarkt), and looks out of favour at Boro in the Championship.

Middlesbrough boss Neil Warnock has previously said that Roberts could become available for another club. However, comments reported in the Hartlepool Mail this morning suggest that the winger is staying put for now.

Warnock said:

“I’ve had loads of talks with Patrick so we will have to see what develops.

“He’s our player until the end of the season, there’s no call back unless all parties agree to it so it’s one of those things. We’ll see what happens in the next couple of weeks.”


Patrick Roberts was loved at Celtic / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

A Celtic return for Patrick Roberts may have to wait

Sometimes a situation and a club are perfect for a player. That seemed the case when Patrick Roberts joined Celtic on loan, scoring 18 goals and teeing up 26 assists in 78 games (Transfermarkt).

Over two-and-a-half seasons in Glasgow, the young Englishman looked like an incredible talent. Celtic fans will still be mystified as to why it’s not worked out for the tricky winger elsewhere.

Spells at Girona, Norwich and Middlesbrough have been unproductive, while the Bhoys have needed and still needed depth in wide positions. For fans of Patrick Roberts, it’s frustrating to watch Celtic not pull the trigger on loaning the youngster back.

If Roberts were to come back to Celtic, he’d find a very different club from the one he played for. Certainly, some names like Scott Brown and Callum McGregor are still at the club.

However his buddies, like Kieran Tierney, have left Celtic, while Neil Lennon is now the manager. We’re also in a less advantageous league position than he’d be used to.

Still, it’s a signing that would make sense for Celtic. If it does happen, though, it sounds unlikely to do so this season.