Celtic have completed the protracted signing of Manchester City midfielder Patrick Roberts on a season long loan deal after completing his medical on Monday. The 20-year-old winger spent 18 months on loan at Celtic before moving back to City at the end of last season. Despite offers to move to French side Nice and Premiership side Southampton, the England Under-20 international returned to Glasgow for his second stint.
Speaking to Celtic TV after his move was finalised, Roberts said: “All the support and love I have been getting has been brilliant. I love it here and to be back is great and I’m thankful to be finally here.
“We had a good end to the season, which obviously helped, and playing for these great fans was also a factor coming back. It’s great to be back and I can’t wait to get going again.
“The manager has been brilliant with me. He obviously wanted me back and so did Celtic. I had a decision to make after pre-season and when that came around Brendan Rodgers was obviously a huge factor in that. He is a top manager. I worked under him all of last year and I believe I can develop under him even more and become a better player."
Roberts has been handed Celtic's number 7 jersey, with Roberts adding: “It’s a massive honour to wear this iconic Celtic number. I know some of the great players who have worn it in the past and I will wear it with pride.”
With Celtic looking to win their seventh title in a row, Roberts' arrival is a welcome boost to Celtic's attack which has lacked a cutting edge at times this season.
He will also be eligible for Celtic's Champions League campaign as the Scottish champions face Paris Saint-Germain, Bayern Munich and Anderlecht.
He will also be eligible to feature for the Scottish treble-winners in the UEFA Champions League, where the Celts will go head-to-head with Paris Saint-Germain, Bayern Munich and Anderlecht.
“Celtic Park was rocking last year in the Champions League and I’m sure it will be the exact same this year. I would love to be out there playing for the fans in that environment and entertaining them.”
Roberts helped Celtic to two league titles, one Scottish Cup and a League in his first spell at Celtic Park, scoring 17 goals in 60 appearances.