Patrick Roberts scored for Celtic on Tuesday night against Manchester City, but that hasn’t stopped his aspirations of breaking into their first-team next season.
The 19-year-old signed for The Hoops on an 18-month loan deal in January, and despite City’s big-money signings in Leroy Sane and Jesus in the summer.
Although many fans would like to see him at Celtic permanently, it doesn’t seem like he is planning to remain at Paradise beyond this May.
As quoted by the Guardian, when asked about returning to City he said:
I always believe in myself and my ability and will show it whenever I get the chance.
I want to finish the season strongly withand see where it goes from there. I know what I am capable of. It is about what you do on the pitch, not how much you cost.
[City are in touch with me] all the time. They call me, text me. I saw someone yesterday and they sat down with me for a while. Someone comes to see me play. I keep in touch all the time. They have been great with me while I have been away.
The England winger saw his goal cancelled out by Kelechi Iheanacho’s goal four minutes after he found the net, and will look to continue his run of form lately to lay down a marker for next season when he returns to the Premier League giants.
Under Brendan Rodgers, Roberts hasn’t been used as frequently due to the arrival of Scott Sinclair and resurgence of former academy graduate James Forrest.
Despite making just 12 starts in 22 appearances, Roberts has found the net four times this season and provided six assists – having scored six under Ronny Deila last season and added two assists.
Roberts and Celtic are in action again on Friday night against Partick Thistle for the first time this season, and will look to extend their lead at the top of the table to 11 points with two games in hand over second place.