Rodgers still keen on Paddy re­turn

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seam­lessly back into the squad.

Roberts is cur­rently in Los An­ge­les as pep Guardiola’s side em­bark on a pre-sea­son tour of the States with the player im­press­ing in out­ings against Manch­ester City and Real Madrid.

With Moussa Dem­bele out un­til Septem­ber and Leigh Grif­fiths fac­ing a race against time to be fit for Wed­nes­day’s game against Rosen­borg, Rodgers is well aware that he needs to be able to plug the gaps.

The re­turn of Roberts would de­light the Celtic sup­port how­ever the is­sue is out of Celtic’s hands for the mean­time. The Park­head club have asked to be no­ti­fied of any change in Roberts’ cir­cum­stances.

“Maybe later on,” Rodgers said when asked whether Celtic could re­visit Roberts. “I think it all comes down to Man City.

“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 ob­vi­ously gone away on tour with them and got some game-time. They will make a de­ci­sion af­ter that.

“Two, it is also the boy. The boy might not want to come back. The boy might want to play in the Pre­mier League if he has some­where to do that. He might fancy a spell in Europe.

“The club can bring him here. It’s more go­ing to be whether the player see this as the next step for him.”

Mean­while, Grif­fiths and Erik Svi­atchenko were on the train­ing ground at Len­nox­town as they look to win their fit­ness race for Wed­nes­day’s game against Rosen­borg in Trond­heim.

“Leigh was out on the field to­day,” said Rodgers. “We’ll get a bet­ter gauge over the course of the next cou­ple of days. We’ll need to wait and see.”

Pa­trick Roberts was on loan at Celtic last sea­son

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