Report: Celtic receive boost with FA set to allow Patrick Roberts to be available for Champions League qualifiers

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The 19-year-old is currently on loan with the Scottish Premiership side.

Celtic's Patrick Roberts celebrates scoring their second goal

Celtic could be about to receive a major boost ahead of the new season as the Daily Record reports that the FA are prepared to allow Patrick Roberts to snub international duty to play in the Hoops' Champions League qualifiers.

The Record reports that the 19-year-old - who is on loan with the club from Manchester City until the end of next season - had been expected to be a part of the squad that Aidy Boothroyd took to Under-19 European Championships this summer, which would have forced him to miss the Bhoys' bow in Europe.

Celtic's Patrick Roberts in action with Dundee's Paul McGowan

And considering that the Scottish Premiership side have failed to reach the group stage of the competition for the last two years, new manager Brendan Rodgers would have been desperate to have as many options available to him as possible to give them the best chance of success.

And while it appeared that Roberts may be one player that the Northern Irishman would have to do without, the Record is claiming that the FA are now willing to let him play for the club due to the stature of the competition he would be playing in.

Celtic's Patrick Roberts in action

Given the youngster's contribution during the first few months of his loan spell at Parkhead, his availability would surely provide the rest of the side with a major lift.

The former Fulham man helped the team across the line in the title race this past season with six goals, and his natural ability on the ball created a level of excitement that very few of his teammates appeared capable of creating.

And it could be that talent that Celtic need to help clear the hurdles that stand between them and the Champions League group stage.

Celtic's Patrick Roberts celebrates scoring their second goal

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