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Celtic Tipped To Bring Back Manchester City Outcast To Bolster Frontline: Lennon Must Make Right Call

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Despite Rangers’ resurgence in recent years, Celtic have maintained their monopoly in Scottish football and are now on the verge of being declared the champions for a ninth successive term. They have begun working behind the scenes to strengthen themselves for the forthcoming future.

A financial drop is being predicted in the post-pandemic window and the Hoops, like all other outfits, must analyse the market minutely before being engaged in transfer battles. They require reinforcements down the wide areas following the January exit of Scott Sinclair as well as Lewis Morgan and have now been suggested to make a move for one of their former stars.

What Went Wrong For The Once-promising Englishman

It has not been an enjoyable ride for Patrick Roberts since leaving Parkhead in 2018 following an impressive two-and-a-half-year loan stint from Manchester City. The forgotten Englishman then had spells with City’s sister club Girona, Norwich City and most recently Middlesbrough before the suspension of the game. However, none of these outfits offered him enough minutes to accelerate his growth. The 23-year-old, unlikely to make it to the Sky Blues’ star-studded senior side, must find a place to get his once-promising career back on the track.

Why Celtic Must Bring Him Back At Parkhead

What could be better than a return to Glasgow at this stage? Neil Lennon does not have enough wide attackers in his ranks with Marian Shved clearly not in the manager’s plan. At the same time, Mohamed Elyounoussi, currently on loan from Southampton, would cost a hefty sum if a permanent transfer is eventually pursued.

With James Forrest and Mikey Johnston as the only stable wing-forward options for next season, former Leeds centre-forward Noel Whelan has backed the Bhoys to return for the former Fulham prodigy while speaking to Football Insider.

“Sometimes you need to go away to get better and if you do come back, you come back more of a mature player, you’ve progressed your career and maybe hit the heights that you expected beforehand. I think it would be a good move. I think he’d be relishing the chance to show what he can do after being away. I think that would be a good opportunity.”

Roberts fired in 18 goals and laid on 26 assists in 79 appearances in Celtic colours and won seven domestic titles altogether before being shipped to Spain for his new venture. The youngster, still in his early 20s, has a lot to offer if relied upon week in week out, and Lennon, therefore, must consider a swoop for the Man City outcast to restore depth as well as quality in the attacking third.

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