Manchester City boss Pellegrini explains why Patrick Roberts is joining Celtic on loan

Manchester City’s Patrick Roberts is to join Celtic on loan.

Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini has told reporters that Patrick Roberts will join Celtic on loan in order for the winger to get some much-needed competitive action, the Mirror reports.

Following Kevin De Bruyne’s injury layoff, many suspected that City would pull the plug on Roberts’ proposed switch to Celtic yet Pellegrini feels it’s too good of an opportunity to pass up.

“Patrick will go on loan to Celtic - the arrangements were made before this (De Bruyne injury) and we don’t want to cut the option (for him) to play more games at Celtic. It will be a very important option for him,” Pellegrini said.

“I am sure that Patrick Roberts will be a very important player here in the future but to play more games at Celtic will be better than to stay here and play just some.”

Roberts joined City after coming through the youth ranks at Fulham and impressing during his debut campaign as a first-team player in the Championship last season.

With so many top quality players available to Pellegrini’s disposal, the talented 18-year-old was always going to struggle for games at the Etihad Stadium and initially joined the club’s development team.

But youth football never has the same competitive edge as league football, and Roberts won’t experience a much bigger test than handling the pressure north of the border at Celtic Park.

The Glasgow giants will be looking to wrap up another SPL title over the next few months while there is also a domestic cup left for the club to add to their growing list of silverware.

Pellegrini will be hopeful of a good spell for Roberts, and success at Celtic over the next few months could even see a potential return to the club for the ensuing campaign.

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