John Kennedy comments on signing Patrick Roberts for Celtic

Barry Ferguson of Rangers is tackles John Kennedy of Celtic during the Scottish Premier League match between Rangers and Celtic at Ibrox Stadium on October 20, 2007 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Manchester City winger Patrick Roberts reportedly wants to return to Brendan Rodgers’s Celtic in the summer transfer window.

Celtic first-team coach John Kennedy has told BBC Sport that the club need to be patient regarding signing Patrick Roberts from Manchester City.

Roberts has returned to his parent club 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.

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

Celtic first-team coach Kennedy has said that there needs to be a certain degree of patience regarding the Bhoys signing the former Fulham youngster.

The 33-year-old Scotsman, though, has suggested that the Glasgow giants are not desperate for Roberts as they have other options.

Patrick Roberts of Celtic celebrates after he scores his team's fourth goal  during the Ladbrokes Premiership match between Hearts and Celtic at Tynecastle Stadium on April 2, 2017 in...

"We just have to be patient on it," Kennedy told BBC Sport. "Patrick had a fantastic time here, a lot of admiration for him from our end, but Manchester City have him under contract.

"Patrick has to be involved in that decision as well so we've just got to be patient and see if something materialises. But at the moment nothing has really happened on that."

“If Patrick became available, great,” Kennedy told The Scottish Sun. “If not there are other options, but it needs to be right. We won’t just bring a player in for the sake of it.

“If someone becomes available we know or regard highly we would try to do something. The squad at the moment is very strong.

“We are in a good place, and we’re confident going into the European tie next week, so we’ll see what happens.”

Patrick Roberts of Celtic is brought down by Myles Beerman of Rangers leading to a penalty during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Celtic at Ibrox Stadium on...

Manchester City have one of the strongest squads in Europe, and it is going to be hard for Roberts to get too much playing time for the Citizens this season.

It would make sense for the English younger to return to Celtic on loan for the 2017-18 campaign.

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