Former Celtic striker Chris Sutton has weighed into the debate regarding midfielder Patrick Roberts’ club vs country saga.
The young Englishman could be called up by England to take part in this summer’s European Under-19 Championships, but the player has expressed his desire to stay at Celtic and help the Scottish club qualify for the group stages of the Champions League.
The first qualifiers take part at the same time as the youth international tournament, and Sutton wrote in his column for the Daily Record that there should be no doubt which is more important:
“Patrick Roberts is another who can be a key player next season. He’s looked the real deal in the last few months of the season and his goals on Sunday [against Aberdeen] were superb. Celtic need to tell England where to go when it comes to Champions League time.”
“The qualifiers are arguably the biggest games of the season and it will be no use going in to them with one of their best players at some international Under-19 tournament.”
Roberts is currently in the middle of a 18 month loan deal from Manchester City. He was purchased from Fulham for £12million last summer, but has yet to make a first team appearance for the Premier League club.
He has, however, become a first team regular at Celtic Park scoring 2 goals in a 3-2 win over Aberdeen at the weekend to seal the club’s fifth consecutive league title.