John Kennedy comments on whether Patrick Roberts will be fit for Celtic's Champions League play-off

Celtic's Patrick Roberts shoots

The youngster faces a race against time to feature in the crucial clash.

Celtic's Patrick Roberts shootsCeltic's Patrick Roberts shoots

Celtic assistant manager John Kennedy has provided an update on the fitness of Patrick Roberts, in a press conference today.

The 19-year old limped off half an hour into the clash against Astana at Parkhead last week and Hoops fans feared the worst for their new talisman.

But Kennedy today revealed that the club are optimistic over his prospects and are hopeful that he can play some part in next week’s Champions League play-off first leg against Hapoel Be'er Sheva.

Celtic's Moussa Dembele celebrates after scoring their second goal from the penalty spotCeltic's Moussa Dembele celebrates after scoring their second goal from the penalty spot

The Hoops narrowly overcame Astana in the last round and will hope for a smoother passage into the Champions League group stages.

The draw has been kind to Celtic and Brendan Rodgers will be confident of leading his team into their first Champions League participation since a last place group finish in the 2013-14 campaign.

Celtic's Patrick Roberts in actionCeltic's Patrick Roberts in action

Having Roberts at his disposal will be a massive help for Rodgers and his impact off the bench against tired legs could prove vital in the latter stages.

With just three weeks left before the close of the window, Celtic will be hoping to secure their place in Europe’s premier competition and add some more quality ahead of what is sure to be an intriguing season.

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