By Harry Sykes
Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has reiterated that he would love to have Manchester City winger Patrick Roberts back at the club.
Talking after Celtic did a demolition job on Kilmarnock in the Scottish League Cup, in a 5-0 victory, Rodgers also refused to say whether he was currently in talks with the Premier League club.
“If there are ever any developments for him to come out of Manchester City then of course we are a club that would be hugely interested in him,” Rodgers said, as quoted by Sky Sports in their transfer centre on Wednesday (10.32am).
Asked if the club were currently having talks with Manchester City over a return, Rodgers said, “That’s private if there is.
“If he’s available and we can have him then we’d love to take him.”
This comes on the back of a tweet from BBC journalist Kenny Macintyre, who said the player was set to tell City that he wanted to return to Celtic.
— Kenny Macintyre (@bbckennymac) August 8, 2017
Roberts joined Celtic on loan in February 2016 and spent 18 months building up a rapport with fans.
He was prolific for the Scottish Champions as well, scoring 17 goals in 60 games from out wide, and adding 21 assists.
Football Insider verdict:
Of course Celtic would love to have Roberts back – he’s a fantastic player who has already proven himself man enough to cope in the bruising world of Scottish football. Do they need him? That’s a different question and after two routine victories in defence of a historic treble, it’s fair to say they don’t on the domestic front. However, if Celtic harbour real ambitions of progressing past the group stage of the Champions League, Roberts is exactly the sort of player they need. With Roberts and maybe two other players of his calibre, Celtic could easily mount a challenge in the elite European competition. At least to go as far as the Round of 16. Without him, they’ll most likely win everything at home again, but fall short in their quest to go one better in Europe.