Ronny Deila responds when asked about Celtic's pursuit of Patrick Roberts

Ronny Deila

Ronny Deila has been speaking about Celtic's interest in Manchester City youngster Patrick Roberts.

Celtic manager Ronny Deila has told The Scottish Herald that he won't move for Manchester City's Patrick Roberts unless the deal is beyond the end of the season.

The Bhoys have made just one signing during this month's transfer window, with Danish international centre back Erik Sviatchenko arriving from Midtjylland.

The 24-year-old is a big signing for Celtic, but fans are still keen to see an attacking player brought in, whether that's a winger or striker.

Reports from the Daily Mail earlier this week suggested that Manchester City winger Patrick Roberts was set to make a loan move up to Glasgow to join the Bhoys.

The 18-year-old wide man only joined City from Fulham last summer, but has unsurprisingly struggled to play first-team football at the Etihad Stadium.

A move to Celtic would give him a chance to play regularly, and manager Ronny Deila was asked about a move for the youngster on Thursday.

Deila told The Scottish Herald that he will only move to sign Roberts if the loan deal extends beyond the end of this season, stating that the deal won't happen if City only allow the teenager to sign for Celtic until the summer.

"We will not take a player on loan to have him only until the summer," said Deila. "If it’s going to be loans then it has to be longer than just to the summer. If that is the case it will not happen, you have my word on that. If it happens, then there has to be something special that we need at that time, to the summer, or else it’s going to be a longer loan."

"If not, there is not anything to think about. We have a lot of players. We have to think if it is somebody who can make a difference into next season as well," he added.

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