Ronny Deila explains why Celtic's Patrick Roberts may not feature much immediately

Ronny Deila

Ronny Deila says Patrick Roberts must learn how Celtic play before featuring in the first team.

Celtic boss Ronny Deila has told The Scottish Sun that Patrick Roberts may not feature much as he learns how the Bhoys player.

Roberts, 19, had been billed as one of the England's hottest young prospects during his time at Fulham, and was snapped up by Manchester City last summer.

Predictably, the skilful winger didn't break into the City side this season, and the Blues decided to send him out on loan to gain first-team experience.

Having sent Jason Denayer and John Guidetti on loan to Celtic last season, City again helped the Scottish giants by allowing Roberts to join Celtic on loan for 18 months, but he hasn't made his Bhoys debut since signing on deadline day.

Some fans may feel that Celtic need a spark out wide, which Roberts can provide, but it seems that they won't be seeing him in action just yet.

Manager Ronny Deila has told The Scottish Sun that Roberts may not feature much until the end of the season, as he wants to get Roberts up to speed with how Celtic play before throwing him into the first team, but didn't totally rule out the possibility of him adjusting quickly.

"This is 18 months and he needs time to adapt to how we train and play," said Deila. "He also had some injuries before he arrived, so he still needs to get better fitness-wise. We’ve spoken with him a lot and he has skills, which means he can do something at this level."

"He was up and down in the Under-20 game, but there were times he was at a fantastic level. He scored a very good goal and has touch and vision. We have to use this first half of the year to get him adapted, but I’m not saying he can’t be involved. Hopefully he can kick on as quickly as possible," he added.

Should Roberts be given an immediate chance in the Celtic team?

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