The former Celtic hero goes by surprise to the English Ligue 1

Former Celtic winger Patrick Roberts has signed for Sunderland.

Roberts spent two and a half seasons on loan with Celtic between 2016 and 2018, contributing 18 goals and 26 assists in 78 first-team appearances, and helping the side win seven trophies, including three consecutive league titles.

The 24-year-old was a popular figure during his time at Parkhead, but his career hasn’t caught on since, making just one first-team appearance for Man City and spending most of his time on loan in clubs. clubs like Girona, Norwich. , Middlesbrough, County of Derby and Troyes.

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Roberts has joined Sunderland on a permanent contract until the end of the season with the option of an extension and could make his debut against Portsmouth at the Stadium of Light on Saturday.

Roberts told the Sunderland website: “I can’t wait to get started. I came to the game against Sheffield Wednesday a few weeks ago to get an idea and it was great to watch – and something I wanted to be a part of. The fans want you to do well and work hard every game day and that pressure and expectation is something that appeals to me. I just want to do well for the people who support me and bring Sunderland back where they belong. »

Sunderland boss Lee Johnson added: “Patrick is a player we’ve always kept an eye on over the years because he really is a top talent. It’s an incredible opportunity – for him and the club – to give him the love he needs at a level we think he can excel at and then take it to the next level with us He thrives on big occasions and the beauty of Sunderland is that there is a big occasion every three days. We hope this is the place he calls home for many years to come.