By Harry Sykes
Celtic have been installed huge favourites to sign Manchester City forward Patrick Roberts this summer following a drop in odds, according to bookmakers.
Sky Bet priced the Scottish treble winners on Sunday evening as 1/5 favourites to land the wide forward, 20, before the transfer window shuts at the start of next month.
Celtic are ahead in the betting of French club Nice, who are 6/1 to sign the young Englishman.
The odds have been slashed compared to earlier this month when Celtic were priced at evens to land Roberts, narrowly ahead at that point of second best priced Southampton.
Roberts future at City is up in the air even though he is contracted to the club until 2020.
He finished an 18-month loan at Celtic in June and even played against his parent club in the Champions League group stages last season.
The England Under-20 international ended the 2016-17 in outstanding form, with his haul of 11 goals and 19 assists from 43 league and cup appearances enough to catch the eyes of clubs all around Europe.
Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has admitted he would love to sign Roberts on a permanent deal and there were reports earlier on Sunday that the deal could be completed within 24 hours.
“Pat would be amazing for here,” Rodgers said of signing Roberts earlier this month. “I think everyone could see that.
“But it all goes down to, one, Manchester City and how they see his future there. He has gone away on tour with them and got some game time. They will make a decision after that.”
In other Celtic transfer news, Football Insider has revealed the Hoops are in the hunt to sign a dazzling attacking midfielder as late window interest to reach fever pitch.