In Focus: Roberts is ready to take Celtic by storm once again

As reported by The Sunday Post, Monday is set to be ‘D-Day’ in Celtic’s pursuit of Manchester City man Patrick Roberts.

What’s the story?

It’s a saga that’s rumbled on since before Roberts even left Celtic to return to his parent club at the end of last season but it seems as if the winger’s situation is set to finally be resolved this week one way or another.

The Sunday Post┬áreport Tuesday’s signing deadline for the Hoops’ UEFA Champions League tie against FC Astana is set to force the issue and Monday could be the day it’s all decided.

The report says that the Hoops are desperate for the deal to happen but that Manchester City still have some misgivings about the potential move with French side Nice and Premier League outfit Southampton still interested.

Why do they want him so badly?

In 18 short months at Celtic, young Patrick Roberts made himself a hero with the Celtic support, possessing the kind of raw ability and direct goal contribution that gets fans off their seats.

Last season alone he contributed 19 assists in all competitions, more than anyone else in the Hoops. Also scoring 17 goals in total across his loan spell, it’s clear to see why everyone is so eager for him to make a return to Glasgow.

The last two months of his spell at Celtic were his most impressive and he arguably ended last term as Celtic’s best player.

Getting him back for another 12 months or even on a permanent basis would be a massive boost to Brendan Rodgers’ squad and go a long way to helping the club replicate the success they enjoyed last season.