Celtic’s on and off love affair with Patrick Roberts just won’t go away, with Celtic having tabled an offer of 3 million pounds for the 23-year-old fan favourite.
Unfortunately for Paddy he is miles away from first-team football at Manchester City and has become a journeyman before hitting his prime.
He needs a long term contract and the promise of first-team football, something that Celtic can provide the young Englishman.
From Manchester City’s perspective, their options are to keep him on the books without game time, loan him out again or to cut their losses and take the deal offered by Celtic.
Of course, another club may well come in and trump Celtic’s offer and the former Fulham starlet may well fancy his chances in England, should that be the case though, he will not be at a team chasing silverware.
A move to Celtic would give him both European Football and the chance to win trophies as he did when he played under Rodgers on loan in Hoops.
A lesson may be learned from Celtic’s transfer of Frimpong, he came to Celtic for a bargain price of under a million pounds, however, he has a 30% sell on clause, something Celtic could offer the Citizens on top of the 3 million pound transfer.
A buy back could also be inserted should he blossom at Paradise, Celtic and Man City have good relations in transfers with Ntcham and Frimpong proving successful at Celtic after having limited opportunities at the Premier League giants.
Should Roberts come back to Celtic it will be interesting to see what role Lennon would devise for him, would Forrest switch to the left as he has throughout the season during matches where Christie has moved to the right or would he play him more centrally?
At his young age he still has a lot to learn, but stability is needed if he is to fulfill his potential, we all know that he will get that under Lennon at Celtic and that the move would be best for both clubs and the player.
Hopefully there is still some room to maneuver on this one and that the initial rejection by City can be made up, again, both clubs have a history of getting deals over the line, this one would be fantastic for the 10 in a row.