Celtic announce 18-month loan deal for City teen Roberts

Date published: Monday 1st February 2016 2:16

Patrick Roberts: Heading north

Celtic have completed the loan signing of Manchester City winger Patrick Roberts on a deal that will keep him at Parkhead until the end of the 2016/17 season.

The 18-year-old – who cost City £12million when they bought him from Fulham in the summer – has joined Celtic for 18 months.

Celtic are also hoping to complete the signing of Turkey international Colin Kazim-Richards from Feyenoord, while Nadir Ciftci could be going out of Parkhead after Turkish side Eskisehirspor launched a bid to take the former Dundee United forward on loan.

Former Brighton player Kazim-Richards has arrived in Glasgow and told Sky Sports News: “I think I can bring a lot (to Celtic). We have to get the final details sorted then hopefully I can be in the green and white.”

Meanwhile, it is understood that Rangers and St Johnstone have agreed a fee for Michael O’Halloran to move to Ibrox.

The Glasgow club failed with two bids for the Saints wide man earlier this month but they are close to completing the signing of the 24-year-old after submitting an offer in the region of £500,000, which is subject to a number of clauses.


St Johnstone earlier released midfielder Liam Caddis and had already been looking to sign a left winger before O’Halloran’s move was revived.

Partick Thistle were the first Ladbrokes Premiership outfit to conclude business on transfer deadline day after swooping to sign former QPR trainee Antonio German.

The 24-year-old forward has signed a deal until the end of the season after leaving Indian Super League outfit Kerala Blasters.

German started his career at Loftus Road in 2009 but left the Londoners to join Stockport after several short loan spells. He has also featured for Brentford, Gillingham, Northampton and Aldershot but Thistle will hope to see him carry on the form that saw him hit six goals in nine games in India.

Hearts have agreed terms with former Scotland midfielder Don Cowie, who left Wigan last week. The 32-year-old is expected at Tynecastle to seal his Jambos move later this afternoon.

Hearts could also make a further push to sign Dundee United defender John Souttar.

Motherwell could also be busy after several departures but no arrivals during January. General manager Alan Burrows said: “All going well, hopefully we’ll have a few new faces in before tonight’s deadline.”

Aberdeen, Hamilton and Inverness also have room to bring players in while Dundee United are hoping to add to their squad.

The Dons have been linked with a move for Caley Thistle midfielder Greg Tansey, who is contracted to the Highland club until the end of next season.

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