While there are currently no games to shout about for the Celtic fans in the Transfer Tavern amid the winter break in Scottish football, reports linking the Hoops with a transfer move have provided some food for thought.
According to the Scottish Sun, the Bhoys are keen to extend Patrick Roberts’ loan deal at Parkhead, a year into his 18-month loan deal with the Scottish champions. Though Brendan Rodgers has been careful to manage his game time this term, the 19-year-old could be a huge coup for the club.
With Moussa Dembele proving to be such a hit in green and white, there’s little doubt the Frenchman, with all due respect to Celtic, will one day move to a European powerhouse with the potential to challenge in the Champions League. If he does, the SPFL titans certainly need a young and gifted attacking talent to spearhead Rodgers’ exciting project.
Roberts can be that man, having seriously impressed when given the chance to both domestically and for the Champions League. Like the aforementioned Dembele, the attacking playmaker has done it in the Championship with Fulham in his career, doing enough to convince Manchester City to splash out £12m on him.
Should City extend his loan, or include a buy-back option in any sale, they could also be in line to benefit from his continuing in Scotland. As he learns under an attacking coach such as Rodgers – who developed current City star Raheem Sterling into the player he is today – he’ll only improve his decision making.
The ability to play in the Champions League frequently, as well as deal with the pressure of being expected to win every week are all things that could also develop him into a top player for club and country.
With that in mind, both giants of British football can benefit from Roberts staying at Celtic.
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