By Coral Barry

Celtic have a fight on their hands to keep Patrick Roberts at the club with Aston Villa and Newcastle looking to sign the youngster, according to a report.

The 19-year-old was a sensation at Celtic this season and was due to return to the club for the remaining year of his 18 month loan spell from Manchester City.

However, the Glasgow Evening Times are claiming that Roberts could now be set for a permanent move away from City as clubs line up to acquire his services.

Roberts joined Celtic in January and scored six goals in just 11 appearances in the Scottish Premiership, but is about to enter the final year of his contract this summer.

The Hoops have high hopes for the exciting winger and new manager Brendan Rodgers would have been eager to get a closer look at him when pre-season gets underway in the coming weeks.

Newcastle and Villa are desperate to ensure their stay in the Championship is a short one and have ear marked Roberts as a potentially affordable option to help inspire them back into the Premier League.

However, City are not believed to be looking to offload Roberts and are thought to think highly of their exciting prospect.

In other Celtic news, Rodgers has launched a move to capture this Northern Ireland international star.