'The club can bring him here' - Celtic in running to sign forward with eyecatching record
By Aramide Oladipo
Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers have revealed that the club are still hopeful of signing Manchester City youngster Patrick Roberts this summer.
The 20-year-old is currently involved with the City first-team in their pre-season tour in the United States.
The youngster featured for 45 minutes in the first match against local rivals Manchester United and he was used as a late substitute in the 4-1 victory over Champions League winners Real Madrid.
As quoted in the Scottish Sun, Rodgers confirmed that the SPL champions are willing to do everything in their power to snap up the forward but admitted that it ultimately depends on City and the player himself.
“He has obviously gone away on tour with them and got some game-time,” he said.
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“They’ll make a decision after that. Secondly, it is also the boy. The boy might not want to come back.
“The club can bring him here.
“It’s more going to be whether the player sees this as the next step for him.”
The report also claims that Rodgers confirmed that he has requested the Manchester club keep him up to date about Roberts’ future.
The youngster spent two years on loan with the Glaswegian club where he enjoyed huge success, including being a key member of the squad who clinched the historic treble last season.
Roberts contributed with 11 goals and 19 assists in all competitions last season.
The Sun reports that the winger decided to leave Celtic Park as he felt that he had accomplished everything that he could with the club.
The Englishman currently has three years remaining on his contract at the Etihad Stadium.
In other Celtic transfer news, the Hoops are in advanced talks to sign a big name with a glittering track record in the Premier League.