Patrick Roberts and getting the band back together


Patrick Roberts will finally be free of his well-compensated Manchester City contract next month.  The player made one appearance for his parent club in the seven years since joining from Fulham.  His two and a half years at Celtic between 2016 and 2018 remain his most celebrated, at the club where he has made more than twice as many appearances than any other.

It is hard to imagine, but four years ago, Patrick was the as Jota is today in almost every respect.  Having lit up our campaign from the wing, we all hoped to secure him on a permanent deal.  Patrick wanted to come too, but Pep Guardiola stopped a proposed £10m deal from proceeding.  I am sure he would walk from Sunderland to Celtic Park, if an offer was made.

What I know for sure is that we cannot base player assessments on what happened four years ago.  If we did, Patrick would be joined by Filip Benkovic at Lennoxtown.  The latter has made only 13 starts since leaving Celtic three years ago and none for Udinese, his current employer.

Last night, as I watched Patrick score the goal that took Sunderland to a Wembley play-off final and the chance of promotion to the EFP Championship, you could have tempted me to want him back.  He had an ability to create space in the most packed defences, something Celtic face more often than most teams.  He was built for Celtic Park.

Getting the band back together is fraught with difficulties.  Few return as effective as they were when they left.  Patrick needs to join (or stay with) a team operating at the top end of whatever league he plays in, one that spends most of their time attacking tight defensive formations.  Out of contract, he will be a bargain for someone.  Celtic have made far worse punts.


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  1. fergusslayedtheblues on

    On listening to radio 2 this morning .


    The presenters opined that sevconions had contacted a guy down south that did hot air balloon trips .


    They got the guy on and he explained ,he thought the caller was at the wind up , then he realised they were literally deadly serious .


    He had read them some passages from his Hot Air Balloning For Dummies book and explain to their disappointment that it was impossible.



  2. SS



    I think that is unfair. MM mentioned excessive training and cited Bitton



    I paused when reading too but don’t see anything out of order

  3. The Police have plans ready for Celtic fans heading into Merchant City to celebrate after Saturdays game.Does that mean a friendly escort all the way?


    Or does it mean Tear Gas,Baton Charges,Mounted Police Charges,and Ernie’s very funny,from before,Water Canons.


    I would go with the former !!!!!!!!

  4. Scum might be “Forced”to wear a new strip for the final as all their others will clash.


    Just one of the excuses for more Orange bigotry.


    Oh,and it will double up as a tribute to GVB,being Dutch.


    That old Advocat chestnut

  5. as an aside, while working today, and having posted a you tube video, then next thing that came on was the radio clyde programme from Albert Kidd day,



    it is near two hours long, but I had never heard it before because i was at the game, it was a wonderful listen.


    All the commentators saying yes celtic can win, but so will hearts, except david hay, who said, dundee have been playing well, they have thier own prize to go for so i wont be suprised if they do it, and I think we will score the 3 we need, and possibly a fourth.



    the after party interview in the tunnel are brilliant, and a big polis booming we cleared the park, but your not getting on if you go on the track ………… understand



    someone in the background “aye right you are”



    i will post it another time, driving duties

  6. Jimmy Sandison, i forget just how utterly utterly irritating he was , and a younger keevins hasnt changed his style or learned anything in those 30+ years.



    very entertaining was Jim Craig reporting from Dens,

  7. The club doing transfer business before the window opens.



    Nir Bitton not being our stand-in CH in some far off distant part of Scandinavia.



    No knife-edge qualifiers against an unheard of footballing entity on a budget a fraction of ours, that will undoubtedly put us out of the ECL before the kids go back to school from their summer holidays.



    Jaysus….what a time to be alive…




  8. BIG WAVY on 10TH MAY 2022 8:11 PM



    what we going to do for 11 weeks, it is back to school days cos all the summer meant nae fitba.

  9. Every single day I go to the post office, well it’s part of a garage that holds agricultural stuff really, and every day I talk to the local polis man, and he is off to Seville next week, it seems that it’s the Policia National who will be doing the biz next week, and in many many ways they are worse that the guards who are in the main ex military hence more reserved and more civil as in their name, interesting week ahead.


    They sure won’t be giving them escorts anywhere like the Glasgow polis, battering them senseless more like.


    I reckon there will be as many if not more Frankfurt supporters as there are huns, carnage will ensure no matter, mark my words.




    Oh how I hope you are right >:)

  10. St Stivs,



    There’s always the world cup !



    Oh actually, there isn’t.




  11. !!Bada Bing!! on

    The folk who are losing business in Seville by closing, will get the blame by the hun hordes, after wrecking the place.

  12. A drunken guy joins the communal baptism down by the riverside


    The Father takes him and dunks his head under the water and then asks…


    Have ye found Jesus? ‘No Father I haven’t’


    The Priest dunks him in the river again and asks, Have ye found Jesus?


    ‘No, Father, no I haven’t’


    Priest is becoming exasperated so he takes the drunk, and holds him under the water for a minute or more


    Have ye found Jesus yet?


    ‘No Father, are ye sure this is where he fell in?’

  13. I have no idea yet what the arrangements are re segregation etc and fan zones, Seville won’t have experienced anything like what is gonna happen to them, if they close their bars they lose out on fortunes, if they stay open they risk their bars getting trashed, what a efin dilemma, if they are recruiting polis from 400k away and he is in his 40s they must be taking this seriously, he is taking his gun tho, I asked him >:)

  14. The Celtic Analysis








    Mohanad Jeahze simply looks the ideal fit Ange’s Celtic, in almost every possible way.



    – This kind of coherence in our signing policy is well, just unprecedented.




  15. Ffs Michael Kelly saying GCC should allow an open top bus parade for Zombie, hun, bar stewards if they win next week.



    They deserve feck all the animals.



    D :)

  16. MADMITCH @ 2.36PM



    Normally I never respond to the nonsense you post, my choice and will continue to do so.



    However, today during your exchanges with Big Jimmy you, in my opinion plummeted to new depths of horrible bile.



    I’m not here to defend Big Jimmy, never met the man, I do however get the impression to defend himself. I come on here to discuss Celtic, respectfully and courteously, civility costs nothing.



    Your comment regarding his dog may have missed by other posters, however it screamed out at me, a sly rhyming slang term that the consequences have affected people, friends and family close to me sadly.



    I hope Paul67 and his Moderators, review the quote within your disgusting post and act accordingly.



    I personally found it to be repugnant, in my opinion if you are a Celtic supporter, I’ve never met your like.



    Here is the quote, Plus it takes a lot of effort for a dog to commit sidey-ways. It’sthe sidey-ways slang term that I find abhorrent.



    Like the Old Firm FC, you mean nothing to me, you are a disgrace of a human being.



    Apologies to the blog if I have upset anyone, it was never my intention.



    Paul67 and mods, if you deem it necessary to delete my post, I will not complain.




  17. Open letter to the huns from the Barca mayor……………




    Dear Rangers supporters- never come back to Barcelona again. And not because your players themselves aren’t a legitimate team. No, it’s not because of that- the Nou Camp frequently hosts teams who are lazy, boring, who only defend, who run and kick their opponents, and who shouldn’t be in elite competition. On top of this, Rangers merely defend, run at the opposition and play dirty. Their defenders are butchers, their midfielders, heavy-footed; and their strikers just stand there like the furniture.


    But even apart from the footballing aspect, the best thing would be for Rangers never to return to Barcelona, because every time they do, they make a mess of the place. 35 years ago, you (the Rangers supporters) destroyed the seats at the Nou Camp. This time we have enjoyed no less than 48 hours of brawls, provocation, rackets, fights and common drunk women throughout the whole city, which you have fouled however you pleased.


    Stay at home and vomit in your own living-room, urinate in your sitting-room corners, fight with your neighbours, the Celtic supporters (who deserve a prize just for putting up with you) and foul the streets of Glasgow instead. Don’t come back here again, because it is not a laughing matter. And, by extension, don’t play in the Champions’ League either. You are not at that level neither in a sporting nor human sense.


    There are noisy groups of supporters who, although they drink vast amounts of beer, make friends at the same time. But you? Not you, because everywhere you go, you turn into a rubbish tip. You are undesirables. And so are those who fraudulently sell, or “rent out” their tickets. These people screw Barca over, because they trade their season tickets illegally. And in doing this they cause massive annoyance for other members of the club. A true Barcelona fan would not re-sell their ticket for the match. If you are not going to the match, give it to a family member, or you could even use the ‘Seient Lliure’ service (an automated ticket service used by some Spanish clubs including Barcelona).


    From now on, the responsibility lies with UEFA and the club itself to ensure who the ticket is sold to. The best thing for all of us would be that you as a supporter, in a moment of lucidity, decide not to travel if you do not have tickets. As that is never going to happen, those who sell the tickets illegally must be brought to justice. But the best thing would be if we never had to play Rangers again.

  18. DAVID66 on 10TH MAY 2022 8:40 PM



    Bit harsh.



    Open top bus parade, low bridge taken at speed. Result!

  19. Saint Stivs



    You I didn’t reply on my point on the retrospective comment you made about MM



    Is he off the hook on that?

  20. On the terracing at the Dalmornock end on Saturday there was congregated a gang, thousands strong, including the dregs and scourings of filthy slumdom, unwashed yahoos, jailbirds, night hawks, won’t-works, ‘burroo barnacles’, and pavement pirates, all, or nearly all, in the scarecrow stage of verminous trampdom. This ragged army of insantitary pests was lavishly provided with orange and blue remnants, and these were flaunted in challenge as the football tide flowed this way or that. Practically with out cessation for ninety minutes or more, the vagabond scum kept up a strident howl of the ‘Boyne Water’ chorus. Nothing so designedly provoking, so maliciously insulting, or so beastially ignorant has ever been witnessed even in the wildest exhibitions of Glasgow Orange bigotry…..Blatantly filthy language of the lowest criminal type assailed the shocked ears of decent onlookers. There was no getting away from it, chanted as it was by thousands of voices in bedlamite yells. The stentorian use of filthy language is a crime against the law of the land. Policemen lined the track and listened to the hooligan uproar, yet nothing was done to stop it. The scandal was renewed with increased violence in London Road after the match. Is it possible the blue mob can do just anything and get away with it? Prompt official steps were taken to suppress and prosecute the green brake-club lads who dared to sing ‘The Dear Little Shamrock’ in Paisley Road. Yet thousands of foul-mouthed and blasphemous Orange ruffians are free to run amok over the East End of Glasgow. How do you account for it?”




    Some things never change

  21. Belmontbrian,


    I twigged the comment straight away.The reason I advised Jimmy not to get involved.

  22. ET


    Was the that second time Barca was trashed.


    The original ’72 rampage will live long in the memory of older Spaniards


    The highlight being , Greig receiving the trophy in the Non Camp lavvy while the hun hordes battled with Spanish police on the pitch .

  23. If Jeahze is as good as reported,he will be an upgrade on Wee Greg,and that is a fantastic bit of business to get him for the fee quoted.Two LBs,changed days.


    Cracking Liverpool game.

  24. Lynott67 ,


    The second time they left the City Centre like a bomb site.Their big showstopper,was throwing a homeless man into a fountain.

  25. I went for a pint on the way home from work



    Villa fan with the top on goes nuts at first goal with D4 accent(posh rugby dublin)



    I said ‘loved Villa Park when we played Holland. And Switzerland’






    ‘Aye, great fun at that hotel at Villa Park, had a beer garden and we had a ceilidh’



    ‘’Hyaah, Aston , yaah’