BRENDAN RODGERS is refusing to rule out a THIRD spell at Celtic for Manchester City winger Patrick Roberts.

The 21-year-old winger, a favourite with the Hoops fans, has spent two-and-a-half years at Parkhead and picked up seven medals from 82 appearances.

Roberts returned to the Etihad giants in the summer, but has played only 45 minutes as a substitute in two of City’s three games on their pre-season trip to the USA.

Rodgers said: “I think Patrick is one of those players you look at and then you see what happens over the next period of time.

“He has obviously been away with Manchester City, but our eyes are open to lots of options.

“He was unfortunate last year because early on he sustained a really bad injury and it was then obviously difficult for him. But he is a fantastic player and we are always going to be interested in top-class players.

“That is maybe where the advantage will come with the window in England shutting down early.

“By that stage players will know where they are at their own clubs. So, it is just a case of looking and waiting to see what happens.”

Asked if there was the potential to make the move permanent this time, the Hoops boss answered: “It’s not something I have considered.”

The English transfer deadline is 5pm on Thursday. The Scottish window closes at the end of the month.

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