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Monday Round-Up: Brendan - We Would Have Broken Transfer Record For Roberts

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Celtic were prepared to spend big money on Patrick Roberts according to Brendan Rodgers
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THE BIG STORY: Brendan Rodgers, whilst speaking at a charity event in Belfast over the weekend has admitted that Celtic wanted to sign Patrick Roberts on a permanent deal, and were willing to smash our current record transfer fee of £6 million, but Manchester City would have refused a permanent deal even if Celtic had offered ‘£30 million’. It would certainly have been a statement of intent if Celtic had been able to pull this transfer off, I wonder if Celtic are still prepared to spend big money if the right player is available in January? Time will tell...

OTHER NEWS: Some Celts are still on international duty, and you would imagine that the six that started for Scotland against Lithuania on Friday night will start tonight against Malta. In yesterday’s internationals, Mikael Lustig played the entirety of Sweden’s 4-0 win in Belarus, whilst Jozo Simunovic was once again an unused substitute in Bosnia-Herzegovina’s 4-0 win over Gibraltar. Now that Jozo is on his way back to Glasgow, it will be interesting to see if he features in Friday night’s visit to Hamilton, as he usually missed games played on a plastic pitch. He of course missed the second leg in Astana with, erm...an injury, and it would be gamble throwing him straight into next Tuesday’s game against PSG after he has missed so many games.

ON THIS DAY: In 1982, Celtic defeated Dundee 2-0 at Celtic Park, with the goals coming from Davie Provan and Roy Aitken. Full highlights are below.