Former Celtic fave Patrick Roberts scores class goal to help save Derby from relegation

By John McGinley

May 8, 2021

Former Celtic favourite Patrick Roberts has helped save Wayne Rooney’s Derby County from relegation to English League One this afternoon.

The winger was on the scoresheet in a 3-3 draw against Sheffield Wednesday.

His goal was a typically classy finish, which you can see on the Sky Sports Football Twitter account.

Roberts arrived at Derby on loan on deadline day of the last transfer window and has gone on to make 15 appearances under Rooney.

Until today he had failed to find the back of the net, but I suppose it was better late than never!

That Roberts was involved in a relegation scrap at all is a sad indictment of where his career as gone since leaving Celtic. A series of underwhelming loans to Girona, Norwich City and Middlesbrough have all followed.

He still hasn’t found a permanent home to play his football after signing a long-term contract with Manchester City. Now 24, he looks destined to remain at English Championship level at best.

Today’s results also confirm the Owls’ relegation from the English Championship, which will be a bitter blow to incoming Celtic signing Liam Shaw.

Shaw is a boyhood Sheffield Wednesday fan and was on the bench today as their downfall was confirmed. He’s already signed a pre-contract with Celtic and will arrive into the first-team squad this summer.

Hopefully, better times are ahead for the young midfielder.

In other news, Hapoel Be’er Sheva are interested in signing Celtic midfielder Nir Bitton.