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Celtic reportedly ‘alerted’ to £11m player that Collins said was better than Sterling

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Celtic reportedly ‘alerted’ to £11m player that Collins said was better than Sterling

Patrick Roberts could reportedly see his loan spell at Middlesbrough cut short in January and Celtic have been ‘alerted’ to the possibility that they could recall the winger – a player John Collins once raved about.

Roberts, 23, is enduring a difficult spell in his career. The winger chose not to rejoin Celtic in the summer of 2018 after two and a half years at Parkhead – initially joining in January 2016 and playing 78 times for the Hoops.

 

He has since endured difficult loan spells at Girona, Norwich and now Middlesbrough – where he has played just seven times this season under Neil Warnock. A return to City could occur in January, as per the Record.

Indeed, the report claims £11m (Eurosport) City signing Roberts’ potential availability has ‘alerted’ Celtic over a possible return to Glasgow in January. Rated at Celtic, John Collins once compared him to Raheem Sterling.

“I think he’s better than Raheem Sterling, who cost £50million. I think he [Roberts] scores goals,” Collins told the Scotsman in 2017. “I’d love him to stay at Celtic and entertain the Celtic fans.”

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TBR’s view – Clearly Roberts is not Sterling, but boosts 10 in a row

England international Sterling has come on leaps and bounds in the last three years, and the £300,000-a-week (Spotrac) attacker is far better than Roberts could ever dream of becoming. But Roberts is still a very good option.

With 10 in a row in the balance, Celtic need some attacking talent to bring themselves back into the title race and why not a player a that knows exactly what it means to play for Celtic? Roberts would be an ideal January signing.

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