Patrick Roberts is expected to sign a loan deal with Girona, signalling an end to any lingering hope the Celtic support had of getting the winger back at the Parkhead side.

The English winger flew out to the Spanish side today and is expected to formalise a loan deal with Girona tomorrow.

Roberts was close to agreeing a deadline day loan switch to Huddersfield but will now head out to La Liga. It is understood that the England under-21 internationalist was reluctant to return for a third stint at Celtic.

Manchester City's Pep Guardiola's brother Pere owns the Girona Football Group that has a 44 per cent stake in the club.

City's parent company City Football Group also owns a 44 per cent share, giving City a huge stake in the Spanish club.

Fans groups own the remaining shares and because neither City nor Pere Guardiola's company own more than a 50 per cent share they sidestep concerns over the UEFA ruling that states 'no individual or legal entity may have control or influence over more than one club participating in a UEFA club competition.'

Roberts will seek to continue his football education in Spain now after two and a half years in Glasgow.