Patrick Roberts vows that he will always have strong Celtic connection

By Lewis Laird

May 20, 2022

Former Celtic winger Patrick Roberts has expressed his gratitude to the club, insisting that his spell in Glasgow was ‘one of the best times’ of his career.

The 25-year old enjoyed two separate loans at Parkhead during a two-and-a-half-year stay working under both Ronny Deila and Brendan Rodgers.

Roberts became a well-liked figure around the Celtic support, with many calling for the club to sign the tricky winger for a third spell when his last loan deal expired in 2018.

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Since his time in Glasgow came to an end, it hasn’t exactly gone to plan for the former Manchester City winger.

He has been sent out on several loan deals to the likes of Norwich City, Middlesbrough and Troyes in France, to name a few.

Currently, Roberts is playing his football with English League One side Sunderland as they push for promotion after finally leaving parent club Manchester City.

He’s due to play in a massive playoff final at Wembley tomorrow.

Roberts still looks back very fondly on his time spent with the Bhoys, as he opened up on the experience of playing under Brendan Rodgers.

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Patrick Roberts talks up Celtic experience

Speaking to the Athletic, the winger remains thankful for some of the best spells of his career in Scotland and insists he will always have a connection with the club.

He said: “I didn’t really know what to expect at Celtic, and I didn’t play for the first couple of months. I played reserve games and stuff, then got an opportunity and ended up scoring about six goals and winning the league. Then they changed managers, and Brendan Rodgers came in.

“He was great, helped me a lot, played me a lot, tried to improve my game. I really felt I belonged somewhere and with a manager who takes care of his players, not just me.

“He wanted to improve us, not just for Celtic, but in general. I felt that. Celtic is one of the best times of my career, playing every week for a big club, winning trophies, playing in big games.

“For a kid, it was an amazing opportunity, and I felt at home at Celtic. I’ll always support Celtic; I’ll always have a connection. I was there two and a half years, but that will last a lifetime. I hope I can do something here that’s as important.”

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What could have been

Watching Roberts at Celtic, there was a lot to get excited about from him as a player.

A tricky winger who loves to take on his marker, set up and score goals. What wasn’t there to enjoy?

However, it has since gone downhill for the former Fulham man, who is now at his ninth club across the span of his short career so far. Should he have stayed at the Bhoys and developed his game further?

The positive that Roberts can look to is that he still has plenty of time on his hands, and at a club like Sunderland, by helping them push for promotion, he can turn things around in his career.

Despite the frustration, it is good to hear that he reflects on his time at Celtic with a number of brilliant memories that will live on no matter what he goes on to do.

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