Report: Celtic will sign Patrick Roberts instead of targeting Rangers-linked Michael O'Halloran

Celtic have reportedly prioritised Manchester City's Patrick Roberts over Rangers target Michael O'Halloran.

According to The Scottish Sun, Celtic won't rival Rangers for the signing of St. Johnstone forward Michael O'Halloran - because they will sign Patrick Roberts from Manchester City instead.

The Bhoys have already made one signing during the January transfer window, with Danish international Erik Sviatchenko joining from FC Midtjylland.

However, manager Ronny Deila may still want to bring in some more new arrivals, particularly in the final third as he looks to add another spark to his attacking options.

The Scottish Sun report that Manchester City's teenage winger Patrick Roberts will join Celtic on loan until the end of the season, with City keen to get the 18-year-old out and playing first-team football, having failed to make an impact since joining from Fulham last summer.

The report also states that Roberts' imminent arrival at Celtic Park is a big reason why the Bhoys aren't looking to re-sign St. Johnstone forward Michael O'Halloran.

The 25-year-old, who started his career with Celtic, impressed with St. Johnstone last season, scoring ten goals before adding another four this term.

Recent reports from BBC Sport noted that Celtic's Old Firm rivals Rangers have failed in two bids for O'Halloran, but they appear to be in the clear for his signature, with Celtic not interested in entering the race for his signature, due to Roberts' arrival.

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