Celtic endured a miserable summer transfer window as the departure of Moussa Dembele and speculation over Dedryck Boyata’s future served to frustrate the expectant Bhoys faithful.
Not only did Celtic suffer a huge blow in the transfer market on deadline day with Dembele’s departure, they were also dumped out of the Champions League in the 3rd qualifying round against AEK Athens. It was a miserable blow for a club who treasure Champions League nights against the top teams in Europe.
They will have to do without both European football and their former star striker this season, but their comprehensive dominance over Rangers in the Old Firm derby served to prove that it’s not all doom and gloom for the cub following a disappointing summer window.
However, the Celtic hierarchy certainly need to strengthen their options in 2019 to ensure there is no repeat of their premature Champions League exit next season.
With that being said, Rodgers should keep a close eye on Patrick Roberts’ development in La Liga this season and ensure that the Hoops are in the mix for his signature next summer.
Roberts was tipped to return to Celtic Park on a permanent deal during the summer but he eventually opted to join Girona on a season-long loan deal.
Man City supporters had high hopes for Roberts when he joined the club for £6.5 million in 2015 but it appears he is now surplus to requirements within a superstar-laden squad.
On paper, the switch made perfect sense as Roberts has established a glowing reputation over the years due to his excellent technical ability.
But he has endured a tepid beginning to life in Spain with just 41 minutes of La Liga action under his belt after 4 fixtures, so it seems that Roberts will have to bide his time before earning a chance to shine in the first-team.
Roberts’ next career step will largely be determined by his performances this season; a successful loan spell may well convince Premier League clubs to submit a contract offer next summer whilst an average one is likely to serve as a detriment to his chances of attracting interest from English clubs.
Either way Celtic should ensure that they are in the mix for his signature when his contract expires in order to re-sign a creative talent who offers guile and incisive vision in abundance.
Not only would Roberts be a huge addition to the first-team squad, he would also carry a high re-sale value and give Celtic the opportunity to make a significant profit in the future.
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