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‘ROBERTS NEEDS TIME TO ADAPT’ DEILA

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PATRICK ROBERTS is unlikely to play a crucial role in Celtic’s pursuit of a league and Scottish Cup double this season.

The £12m rated Manchester City youngster arrived at Celtic in January on an 18-month loan deal and made an impressive debut for Development team, scoring one goal and set up another couple.

But Celtic manager Ronny Deila is looking for Roberts to make more of an impression next season and will be given the remaining moths of this season to adapt to the Scottish game.

“This is 18 months and he needs time to adapt to how we train and play,” said Deila.

“He also had some injuries before he arrived, so he still needs to get better fitness-wise.

“We’ve spoken with him a lot and he has skills, which means he can do something at this level.

“He was up and down in the Under-20 game, but there were times he was at a fantastic level.

“He scored a very good goal and has touch and vision.

“We have to use this first half of the year to get him adapted, but I’m not saying he can’t be involved.

Hopefully he can kick on as quickly as possible,” Deila added.

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