Patrick Roberts more than happy to put club over country

As reported by The Scottish Sun, Patrick Roberts has no regrets about putting Celtic before England as he prepares to the help the Hoops secure a massive domestic treble.

What’s the story?

It’s not often you see loan players show significant loyalty to their temporary homes but Patrick Roberts and Celtic have built up a special relationship over the last 18 months. The young English winger is one fire right now; scoring goals, assisting and generally terrorising defence week after week.

He was part of England U20s’ plans for the World Cup at that age level in South Korea but the 20 year old decided to stay at the Hoops and put the chance to secure the Scottish Cup first, a decision he doesn’t regret in the slightest.

As quoted by The Scottish Sun, Roberts said:

“I made a decision and I’m proud of that decision. I’ve got a massive final to play. There’s an incentive for all of us to go all the way. To win the treble at this massive club would be big for me and hopefully we can do that.

“It’s a massive trophy to be a part of and a big one in Scottish football. So it’s important for all the players, not just me, to go into it 100 per cent and we’ll do that.”

Some Celtic fans still hold a glimmer of hope the somehow he will still be a Hoops player next season but the reality is likely that he’ll return to his parent club Manchester City.

The winger is currently rated at £4.25m on Transfermarkt, a fee that is likely within Celtic’s reach, but the question is whether Pep Guardiola actually wants to sell one of his bright prospects.

Whether he has a long-term future at City remains to be seen but at least he travels back to the English Premier League knowing that whatever happens, he has a home in Glasgow.