In Focus: Roberts can be the key to Celtic replicating success this season

As reported by The Daily Record, Celtic are still interested in signing Patrick Roberts this summer with Brendan Rodgers going on the record to talk about the potential switch.

What’s the story?

Since Roberts left Celtic Park to return to parent club Manchester City at the end of last season, Hoops fans have been pining for his return, recognising his enormous contribution to the side during his 18-month loan spell in Glasgow.

Those hopes may not be entirely unfounded with Brendan Rodgers revealing he still holds an interest in bringing him back to the club this summer.

As quoted by The Daily Record, the Celtic boss said:

Pat would be amazing for here. I think everyone could see that. But it all goes down to, one, Manchester City and how they see his future there. He has gone away on tour with them and got some game time. They will make a decision after that. Two, the boy might not want to come back. He might want to play in the Premier League if he has somewhere to do that. He might fancy a spell in Europe. But what he knows is that he has a great place here if it comes to that. The club can bring him here. It’s more going to be whether the player sees this as the next step for him.

The door for his return is most certainly open then from Celtic’s perspective and Rodgers appears adamant that the club can do a deal for him, despite being rated at £6.4m by Transfermarkt, a fee that would break the Hoops’ transfer record.

Worth going all out?

Roberts made himself a hero in Glasgow in his short time at the club, scoring 17 goals in 60 appearances from the wing and providing many more assists, including 15 last season alone, more than anyone else at the club.

Replacing that kind of creative spark won’t be easy for Brendan Rodgers and going all out to sign the England youth international is perhaps the best way forward, if they can convince him his future lies north of the border.

He is worth breaking their transfer record for and signing him permanently would show the kind of ambition the club needs to make a splash in Europe as well as dominate domestically for years to come.