Scottish giants Celtic have identified Arsenal youngster Chris Willock as the candidate to replace Patrick Roberts next season, according to reports from the Daily Mirror.
Patrick Roberts joined Celtic from Manchester City on an 18-month loan deal during the January transfer window last season and it has to be said that the young winger has had a very positive impact at Parkhead.
Roberts has performed extremely well in Celtic’s stunning campaign this term, contributing with 5 goals as well as 11 assists in 35 matches in all competitions and following such exploits, the 20-year-old is now expected to make a return to City next season to fight for a place in the first team.
Willock wanted by Celtic
The loss of Roberts will most certainly prove to be a very big blow for Celtic but the Scottish giants seem to be taking a proactive approach in their search for a replacement for the ex-Fulham man and according to reports from the Daily Mirror, revelations can be made that manager Brendan Rodgers has identified Arsenal youngster Chris Willock as a target.
Willock is a very talented young player plying his trade for the Arsenal reserve team but despite his undoubted potential, the 19-year-old’s long-term future at the Emirates Stadium is in doubt as his contract is set to expire at the end of the current campaign.
Celtic are well aware of Willock’s contractual situation with Arsenal and reports state that they will look to sign the young winger on a free transfer next summer in an attempt to fill the void set to be left by Roberts.