Sunday 22 July 2018

Roberts closes in on Celtic loan return

Patrick Roberts Photo: PA
Patrick Roberts Photo: PA

Ronnie Esplin

Patrick Roberts is edging towards a return to Celtic on a season-long loan.

The 20-year-old winger spent 18 months at the Parkhead club on a temporary deal before returning to parent club Manchester City at the end of last season.

The Scottish treble winners have been keen to bring the England under-20 player back to Parkhead and it is understood he pushed for a return to Glasgow amid interest from other clubs, including Southampton and Nice.

Although the deal is not done yet, it is expected to be finalised next week.

Meanwhile, boss Brendan Rodgers could reshuffle his side for the Premiership game against Kilmarnock this lunchtime.

Ireland international winger Jonny Hayes was ill earlier in the week and will be assessed but midfielder Tom Rogic, who came off with a head knock in the 5-0 Champions League play-off win over Astana on Wednesday night, is fit to play.

Defenders Erik Sviatchenko and Dedryck Boyata (both knee), midfielder Eboue Kouassi (ankle) and striker Moussa Dembele (hamstring), remain out as Rodgers's men aim to continue their unbeaten league run which stretches back to May, 2016.

Kilmarnock v Celtic, live, Sky Sports Football, 12.30

Irish Independent

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