Report: Manuel Pellegrini vetoed Celtic loan signing of Manchester City talent Bersant Celina

The Kosovan almost made a move to Celtic Park in January.

Celtic made an excellent loan signing during the January transfer window, snapping up talented winger Patrick Roberts on loan from Manchester City.

The talented former Fulham star has not been a first-team regular for City since his move to the club and has therefore been granted 18 months in Glasgow to play regularly and try and improve.

Celtic have a good connection with City, having taken Jason Denayer and John Guidetti on loan from the Premier League club last season.

It seems they wanted to add another of the current City crop to their ranks in January. Celtic reportedly wanted Bersant Celina.

The Norwegian raised talent, who has also played for his native Kosovo, was targeted by Celtic in January. However a report by the Daily Mail today is suggesting that Manuel Pellegrini himself vetoed the move as he feels that Celina can play a big role in the final stages of the current season - leaving Celtic disappointed.

Celina, who joined Manchester City from Stromsgodset in 2012, has featured in three games for the club so far this season and will be hoping for more.

Celtic on the other hand will hope that Roberts can provide some real quality to the first-team until 2017.

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