As reported by The Evening Times, Patrick Roberts has paid tribute to the Celtic supporters that have given him vociferous backing over the last 18 months, also revealing that nothing has yet been decided about where he’ll be playing next season.
Wherever Patrick Roberts ends up after the summer, he will likely go down as one of the greatest loan signings Celtic have ever had, up alongside the likes of Robbie Keane and Craig Bellamy. Making almost 60 appearances for the Hoops over the last 18 months, he’s been a constant delight on the wing for Celtic, scoring plenty of goals and providing lots of assists.
It’s meant he’s become something of a hero at the club and he’s revealed that adoration could play a big part in deciding where he actually plies his trade, based on advice from his Mum!
He’s also revealed that his parent club have not yet discussed his future with him, instead letting him get on with the task of delivering the Scottish Cup this Saturday.
As quoted by The Evening Times, the young Englishman said:
“Nobody at City has been in touch. They want me to enjoy the final, get the trophy, and we’ll talk after that. Could I stay? It’s hard. One thing my Mum has always said is that you want to be adored by fans and I’ve always wanted to get people off their seat, that’s what I enjoy, putting on a show.
“It is great to hear the fans sing my name and to feel that love is something I could only dream about. Any player will tell you that to get that much love in football is hard to come by these days.
“Fans like ours have so much love for me – I adore the fans here.”
It appears that if anything makes him stay at Celtic in the future, it will be the fans. Like he says, he’s a showman and enjoys entertaining fans, as evident in his swashbuckling, flamboyant playing style.
Are these words a hint that he’s genuinely considering doing what he can to stay in Glasgow? Or is he simply reminiscing on a fantastic 18 months at the club?
Whatever happens, you can hardly argue that the entire move hasn’t been a success and that he will always be fondly remembered by Hoops supporters.