James Forrest responds to Patrick Roberts speculation

Scott Brown and James Forrest of Celtic celebrate during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final match between Celtic and Rangers at Hampden Park on April 23, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Patrick Roberts is back at Manchester City after a loan spell at Celtic.

Celtic winger James Forrest has suggested to The Scottish Sun that he is ready to fight for his place with Patrick Roberts should the youngster return to Celtic Park for the 2017-18 campaign.

Roberts has gone back to his parent club Manchester City following an 18-month loan spell at Scottish Premiership giants Celtic.

The 20-year-old winger was one of the best players for the Glasgow giants last season, helping Brendan Rodgers’s side win the Scottish Premiership, the Scottish League Cup and the Scottish Cup.

James Forrest of Celtic in action during the UEFA Champions League Qualifying Second Round, Second Leg match between Celtic and Linfield at Celtic Park Stadium on July 19, 2017 in Glasgow,...

According to The Scottish Sun, the England Under-20 international wants to return to Celtic for the 2017-18 campaign.

The Scottish Sun has also claimed that Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers is desperate to sign Roberts on another loan deal.

If Celtic secure the services of Roberts for the 2017-18 campaign, then it will mean more competition for Forrest, who has been at the Bhoys his entire professional club football career so far.

Patrick Roberts of Celtic tackles Josh Windass of Rangers during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premier league match between Celtic and Rangers at Celtic Park Stadium on September 10, 2016 in...

The 26-year-old Scotland international, though, has suggested that he is ready for the competition he could potentially face from Roberts.

“At a big club like Celtic they are always looking for players for every position and to better the squad,” Forrest told The Scottish Sun about Roberts.

“He’s been linked with a move back here ever since he went back over two months ago. All the boys have been aware of that but at the moment he’s still at City so we will just wait and see.”

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