CELTIC face a battle to convince Liverpool to send promising winger Harry Wilson to Scotland on loan, with the English giants concerned about the lack of progress made by previous loanees at the club.

Patrick Roberts enjoyed a productive first season at Celtic, making 47 appearances and scoring 11 goals during his initial loan spell from Manchester City, but he had injury problems last season and struggled for game time ahead of James Forrest.

Charly Musonda also failed to make any sort of impact on the Celtic first-team following his move from Chelsea in January, and was recalled by the club in the summer just six months into his 18-month loan deal after making only eight appearances.

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The struggles of the pair last season have Liverpool worried that a move north of the border wouldn’t be best for the development of a player they rate extremely highly.

Celtic remain hopeful that a deal can still be done, but a move to the English Championship is now also being considered.

It is understood that Wilson himself would be keen on the move, but he is also not giving up hope of making an impact at his parent club after a loan spell at Hull City last season.

“It’s great to be back,” he told the club website. 

“I enjoyed my loan spell but I’ve been looking forward to it all summer.”