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11th Aug, 2017 | 12:53pm

'There is a lot of admiration for him' - Celtic coach hails prolific attacker on Rodgers radar

By Abigail Withey 

Celtic coach John Kennedy has called upon the club to be patient with a potential transfer which could see Patrick Roberts return to Parkhead.

Brendan Rodgers has already confirmed that the attacker, who proved himself to be prolific in front of goal last season with the Hoops, is on his radar should Manchester City make him available.

The 20-year-old stunned fans and the management at the club while on loan from the Premier League giants in his 18-month-long loan spell.

Roberts joined the Scottish club in February 2016 and made a total of 60 appearances for the club where he netted 17 goals and provided 21 assists, which made him incredibly popular.

Former Bhoys centre-back Kennedy stated that the Bhoys had notified City about their fondness for the attacker but only time would tell.

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The coach said: “We just have to be patient on it.”

“We’ve made them aware that Patrick had a fantastic time here and there is a lot of admiration for him from our end,” Kennedy said, as quoted by the Daily Record. “But Manchester City have him under contract and Patrick has to be involved in that decision as well.”

Former defender Kennedy continued to say that the club would have to wait an see despite the lack of development with a potential move.

“We just have to be patient and see if something materialises on it,” he explained.

“But at the moment nothing is really happening on it.”

The England Under 20s international shone throughout his time at the Fulham academy which led to his Etihad move in 2015 in a five-year-deal worth over £13 million.

Roberts has only made three appearances for the Citizens and hasn’t had a run out with the senior squad since the club’s EFL Cup fourth round tie against Crystal Palace back in October 2015.

In other Celtic news, Kris Commons has revealed what Hoop players cannot do unless that want to find themselves sacked by Rodgers.

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