As reported by The Sun, Celtic winger Patrick Roberts has refused to be drawn on the prospect of staying at the Hoops next season after his current loan deal was ruined by an unfortunate injury.
Roberts’ return to Celtic Park last summer after an initial 18-month loan spell at the club was a much hyped bit of business from the Hoops, but it’s fair to say the move didn’t quite work out like everyone had hoped.
Initially struggling to replace an impressive James Forrest, Roberts’ season was disrupted by a lengthy injury which kept him out for months.
Still returning to full match fitness, the player is now focused on delivering success in the tail-end of the season and won’t be drawn on his future, whether it be at Celtic, Manchester City, or elsewhere.
As quoted by The Sun, Roberts said of his future:
We’ll see. I’m just focused on finishing the last few games of the season on a high, like I did last season, and get the trophies we’re aiming for.
Then I’ll go on holiday and we’ll see where it takes me from there, start the season fresh again and hopefully be injury-free.
Should the Hoops make another play to bring him to Glasgow on a permanent basis?
Despite limited playing time at the Hoops this season, Roberts has shown flashes of the brilliance that made him such a hit with supporters in the first place and it would hard to judge his loan spell given his injury problems.
His goal against Anderlecht in the UEFA Champions League was a highlight of Celtic’s season and with five assists dotted around other fixtures, it’s clear he’s still a creative and dangerous talent.
After months of absence he only returned to the starting eleven last week and was clearly not at his peak vs Hamilton, despite creating the Hoops’ vital opening goal. He also won the penalty for Celtic’s fourth goal against Rangers on Sunday.
The reality is that Celtic might not even see the best of him between now and the end of the season given there’s not many matches for him to get back into the swing of things.
It’d be a shame if the relationship between club and player came to an end like that and if there’s any possibility of bringing him back to Celtic Park next season then it’s something that Brendan Rodgers should undoubtedly pursue.