After weeks of doubts and speculations, it seems like the future of promising Manchester City winger Patrick Roberts has been decided.
Roberts is coming back to Scottish champions Celtic FC on a season-long loan move that will be confirmed next week, according to Chris McLaughlin of the BBC.
Patrick Roberts should complete 1 year loan move to Celtic next week. The Man City winger has been pushing hard for move back to the club. pic.twitter.com/aMs3OZeRm2— Chris McLaughlin (@BBCchrismclaug) August 18, 2017
The report also says that Roberts turned down offers from Southampton in the Premier League and OGC Nice in France to return to Celtic. Roberts spent the last 18 months with the Hoops and scored 17 goals in 60 appearances on his way to four titles with Celtic.
From a Celtic standpoint, this is amazing news. Roberts was a key member of Brendan Rodgers’ team last season and he’d be sorely missed if he didn’t come back. From a City point of view, this is not great news given that Roberts will not step up in terms of competition, which may hurt his development a little.
Maybe this is the best move, though, because it’d be very hard to get playing time at Southampton and Nice, so being a starter every week and playing Champions League with a team where he’s a very important piece may grow his confidence and give him more experience.
This isn’t official yet, but it will be soon. Good luck at Celtic, Patrick!