Former Celtic hero Peter Grant has told The Scottish Sun that he thinks Patrick Roberts would snub Bournemouth to join the Bhoys this month.
Roberts, 18, left Fulham for Manchester City over the summer, and having been billed as one of England's next great talents, much is expected of the teenage winger.
Unsurprisingly, Roberts has struggled to play first-team football at the Etihad Stadium, and a loan move until the end of the season would help him continue his development.
The Daily Mail reported on Sunday that Roberts is on the verge of joining Celtic on loan until the summer, continuing the strong links between Ronny Deila's men and Manchester City.
John Guidetti and Jason Denayer spent time on loan from City at Celtic Park last season, whilst Dedryck Boyata signed permanently for the Bhoys last summer.
Now, Roberts could become the latest City player to make the move to Glasgow, and one of his former coaches has backed the move.
Former Celtic midfielder Peter Grant, who racked up over 350 appearances for the Bhoys, coached Roberts at Fulham, and has told The Scottish Sun that he thinks the winger should pick Celtic over a move to Premier League side Bournemouth.
However, Grant did highlight one major concern, stating that Roberts' lack of football this season could be an issue if he is thrown straight into first-team action upon arriving at Celtic, but believes he would be the type of player to get fans off their seats.
"Patrick has that X-factor about his game. He is such a free-spirited young player — he’ll go past defenders like they aren’t there, three or four at a time when his confidence is high, and then stick the ball in the top corner," said Grant. "When that happens, it takes your breath away. I can imagine he’ll have the Celtic fans up on their feet applauding him. Patrick’s exactly the kind of attacking talent they want to see at Parkhead."
“My big concern for him right now, certainly if he’s going to Celtic, is that he’s hardly played first-team football over the last two years. He’s made the odd appearance for City this season but mainly it’s been about youth or reserve action. A lot of the time, there’s been big gaps between games. I don’t care how often a player trains — the fact of the matter is it just isn’t the same as playing competitively."
"I don’t see Patrick going [to Bournemouth]. Celtic would be a better bet for him. I would also advise him not to underestimate the Scottish top flight. Yes, there can be question marks over the quality level in comparison with England. But it’s very competitive and physical and it still provides a big challenge. So playing for Celtic could be brilliant for Patrick’s development," he added.
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