Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has stated that the Scottish champions will do everything in their power to sign Patrick Roberts on a permanent deal this summer.

The Manchester City loanee has been a fantastic addition to the Parkhead playing group this season and has become something of a fans’ favourite at the Glasgow club.

Roberts endeared himself further to the Celtic supporters this week by announcing that he would shun representing England under-20’s in the upcoming World Cup and instead stay to play in the Scottish Cup final.

The gifted attacker, who scored twice in the Bhoys’ latest win over St Johnstone, is due to return to City this summer and has spoken about his desire to try and break into Pep Guardiola’s starting XI.

However, the Celtic fans have been littering social media with posts stating that Celtic should try to land Roberts on a permanent deal as the club’s major transfer priority this season.

Rodgers has stated that he expects the attacker to return south of the border after this season but that the Hoops would explore all avenues in keeping the star at Parkhead.

“I think he’s a player (Roberts) that of course we’d love to have here, but we have to respect he’s still a Manchester City player,” EuroSport quote the Celtic boss as saying.

“If there’s ever a possibility of doing it then of course it’s something that I would look at.”

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