If last year’s Scott Sinclair signing seemed like a transfer saga at the time, this summer’s pursuit of Patrick Roberts has felt like the season finale of a box set blockbuster; with Paradise the setting of this particular epic.
Paddy Roberts returning to Celtic is, of course, far, far more exciting than anything TV can offer. Though with the move expected imminently throughout the past month, today’s news is met with almost as much relief as it is delight.If the reports and rumours are to be believed, the delay in concluding the transfer was caused by a mixture of Manchester City preferring the player to remain in England, or to move to Spain or France; Celtic attempting to finalise a permanent deal; and, ultimately, the two clubs negotiating upon a loan fee and Celtic’s wage contribution.
In the end the dream permanent transfer wasn’t to be, but, regardless, the outcome that the fans; the player; the club; and most importantly, Keiran Tierney, have been anxiously anticipating all summer has at last been realised.
It’s been a long time coming, but it was definitely worth the wait.
Paddy has finally come home to Celtic.