Celtic fans have taken a real shine to Patrick Roberts this season, with the Manchester City loanee playing an important role in a yet-unbeaten campaign for the Scottish champions.
The gifted attacker scored twice in Saturday’s win over St Johnstone and the Bhoys fans continue to call for the Parkhead club to do everything they can this summer to make his deal permanent this summer.
Roberts looks destined for a return to City, with the young forward admitting he wants to break into Pep Guardiola’s starting XI next season.
However, for all parties, another season-long loan deal at Celtic would suit.
While City may be reluctant to sell Roberts given his clear potential, his likelihood of playing regularly in the Premier League next term seems limited – despite his ability.
With big-money recruits such as Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane ahead of him in the pecking order, the former Fulham man would surely be a regular substitute and have to feed off scraps in Guardiola’s squad.
If Roberts was to spend another campaign in Scotland he would play more often than not, get Champions League football and continue his development under a coach he respects.
Young players need regular action to aid their development – Celtic can offer him this while City cannot.