Brendan Rodgers admits he would love to take Patrick Roberts on loan from Manchester City again.
Roberts spent the entire of last season on loan at Celtic from City and played a crucial role in the Scottish side going unbeaten all campaign in the league and claiming a domestic treble.
The 20-year-old scored 11 goals in 47 competitive matches for Celtic last season and has been included in Pep Guardiola’s pre-season side, featuring in City’s 4-1 pre-season win against Real Madrid.
It is not yet known if Roberts is set to be in Guardiola’s first team plans this year at the Etihad Stadium but Rodgers would welcome the young winger back to Celtic with open arms.
However, the former Liverpool boss acknowledges that the decision will be down to City and Roberts himself, who Rodgers speculates might want to try his ability in the Premier League.
“It’s something we would look at,” Rodgers told reporters. “Pat would be amazing for here. I think everyone could see that.
“But it all goes down to, one, Manchester City and how they see his future there. He has gone away on tour with them and got some game time. They will make a decision after that.
“Two, the boy might not want to come back. He might want to play in the Premier League if he has somewhere to do that. He might fancy a spell in Europe. But what he knows is that he has a great place here if it comes to that.
“The club can bring him here. It’s more going to be whether the player sees this as the next step for him.”
City have already loaned a number of talents out this summer, including goalkeeper Joe Hart to West Ham.
The majority of their loanees are from the youth academy though with players like Angus Gunn, Thierry Ambrose and Bersant Celina also away from the club for a season.