One man who had a rather significant period of time with the Premiership champions is Patrick Roberts.
During two loan spells from Premier League giants Manchester City between 2016 and 2018, the winger made 78 appearances across all competitions for the Hoops. In that time, the Englishman scored 18 goals, delivered 26 assists and won seven trophies along the way.
Now that some years have passed since the attacker donned a Celtic shirt, this summer’s transfer window might give Ange Postecoglou the chance to seal what could be the club’s next version of Roberts.
Earlier this month, it was reported that the Parkhead club are looking to sign Schalke 04 winger Rabbi Matondo.
The Welshman shares a connection with Roberts in that they both play on the wing and have both spent time at Manchester City.
After leaving Cardiff City’s youth ranks, the winger went on to make 53 appearances for the Citizens across their youth teams. In that time, Matondo scored 19 goals and provided 11 assists before his move to Schalke in January 2019.
Despite not making it into Man City’s first team, the attacker still managed to wow Pep Guardiola, who said of him in 2019 before the Welshman left the club: “I know how good he is, incredibly fast winger, and a young talent”.
The 2021/22 season saw the 21-year-old score 10 goals and supply two assists in 27 appearances for Belgian side Cercle Brugge on loan from Schalke. In fact, over his 26 league appearances last term, the winger had more shots at goal (75) and shots on target (33) than any other player at the Jan Breydel Stadium.
Taking all this into account, the former Man City youngster – who is currently picking up £12k-per-week at Schalke – certainly has the attacking talent to be a useful addition to Celtic’s ranks and become their next version of Roberts.
If Postecoglou wants to add some extra attacking power to his squad, securing a deal for Matondo could be the best way to do it this summer.