With their 0-2 win over Kilmarnock at the Rugby Park, Celtic have now won all of their first three league games. The Celts have hit the ground up and running and have kicked off their new season in a riveting manner. Under the tutelage of Brendan Rodgers, Celtic won the League Cup, Scottish Cup and Scottish Premiership title last season and the continuation of such stellar outputs are expected from them this season as well.
Erecting a strong footing in the Champions League is one of the targets they must have set for themselves with far greater grit this time around. The Bhoys had comprehensively outclassed Kazakhstan based outfit FC Astana in the first leg of Champions League play-offs with a thumping 5-0 victory earlier this week and as it stands, they are seemingly likely to carve their progress to the group stages of the elite club competition of Europe.
Rodgers hasn’t been very active this summer in terms of his recruitments as it is evident that he is aiming to continue to maintain the cohesion of the group he had last season. Olivier Ntcham, Kundai Benyu and Jonny Hayes have been their acquisitions to beef up their arsenal. However, they would have to cater to a lot of fixtures owing to their commitments in many competitions and it goes without saying that they would need a deal or two to tighten their screws further.
As per one of the latest reports, the Hoops are all set to lure Manchester City’s blossoming winger Patrick Roberts for a year on loan. Having emerged from the youth ranks of Molesey Juniors, AFC Wimbledon and Fulham, Roberts was promoted to the senior side of the Cottagers and was eventually signed by Manchester City. The 20-year-old had spent eighteen months on loan at Celtic and returned to his parent club at the end of last season after helping the Glasgow giants in winning two Scottish Premiership titles, one League Cup and one Scottish Cup.
The Englishman banged 17 goals in the process and has become a household name in Scotland owing to the fine form he successfully manoeuvred in the Celtic shirt. His skills, blistering pace, ability to take on the defenders and excellent positioning awareness made the former Liverpool boss in becoming his admirer. Another loan move should help the white and green crops as well as the player in accumulating more experience under his belt and to keep himself in a fine shape rather than stagnating his career at the Etihad Stadium this season.