Provan thinks Celtic should have made a move for Patrick Roberts this January

By John McGinley

January 19, 2020

Sky Sports pundit Davie Provan has questioned why Celtic didn’t make a move for Patrick Roberts before his loan move to Middlesbrough this month, writing in his Scottish Sun column.

The Manchester City winger was sent on loan to Premier League side Norwich last summer, but limited first-team action has seen him move down a division in January.

Provan thinks the former Celtic favourite, who spent a successful spell on loan in Glasgow, thinks he could have been a viable alternative option to James Forrest.

As quoted by The Scottish Sun, he said: “While we’re at it, why didn’t Celts take another loan punt on Patrick Roberts? The Manchester City winger has now been leased to Middlesbrough after flopping at Girona and Norwich.

“But with James Forrest struggling, Hoops fans would take Roberts back in a minute.”

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Roberts reunion would have happened by now

Roberts has had enough setbacks since leaving Celtic that if either party desired a return for him to Glasgow, it likely would have happened by now.

Either the club don’t fancy bringing the player back to the Scottish Premiership, or the winger himself is determined to pursue a career in a more illustrious league.

Former Celtic winger Patrick Roberts / (Photo by TF-Images/TF-Images via Getty Images)

A switch to the Championship this month may not be the most inspiring career step, but if it enables him to play regular football and catch the eye of a Premier League boss it will be worth it.

His time has come and gone at Celtic and although Provan’s point about him being an alternative to Forrest is a decent one, the Scotland international has shown some incredible form over the past 18 months.

I enjoyed Roberts’ time in Scotland, but I’m happy to back Forrest getting back to his best in the second half of the season.