Date: 4th April 2017 at 7:22am
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Brendan Rodgers is already working to bring Patrick Roberts back to Celtic.

The Manchester City kid will return to the Etihad at the end of the season and attempt to impress Pep Guardiola into giving him a first team chance.

While Roberts has improved on the player that left City in January 2016 the club has also moved on with the former Barcelona boss working only with elite players.

Guardiola earned a reputation at the Nou Camp for player development but will be under pressure next season if City fail to win the Premier League or reach the latter stages of the Champions League.

Integrating Roberts into his team of stars is unlikely to be a priority with Rodgers prepared to play a waiting game to bring the 20-year-old back to Glasgow.

I wouldn’t say no chance,” Rodgers responded in the Evening Times to Celtic’s chances of having Roberts back next season. “Again, he’s a young player that loves it here.

“He’s a Manchester City player and the agreement was 18 months. He’ll go back and he’ll want to fight to see if he can get into the Manchester City squad.

They are one of superpowers now in terms of finance and squads in the game, so I’m sure he wants to go in and work with Pep Guardiola for a bit and see how all of that works out.

And then over the course of pre-season, they’ll decide what happens. Is he going to stay and be around the squad, or does he need to go out on loan again. If he does, I’m sure this will be a really attractive option to him.”

City are expected to be the biggest spenders in the close season and have been linked with moves for Barcelona duo Neymar and Leo Messi.