Five things Celtic fans need to know about their new starlet

Celtic is a slightly odd place to send Patrick Roberts to learn his trade, considering the standard of the football and the competitiveness of the league.

Despite any of this, Manchester City clearly thought playing in a side who are almost guaranteed to win the league would be beneficial to the development of Roberts.

Roberts was a slightly wasted signing by City in the summer and has been, unsurprisingly, on the periphery of the squad. Considering the appointment of Pep Guardiola, the ex-Fulham winger will be disappointed that he hasn’t had the chance to work with the great tactician.

Celtic are, as per, running away with the SPL and the 18 month loan suggests that City have huge faith in Ronny Deila to nurture the youngster. The Scottish Giants will want to balance the development of their own academy products alongside that of Roberts.

He isn’t the biggest name in the country, so here are five things you might not know about the youngster…

Internationally renowned..

Football - England U16 v Scotland U16 - Sky Sports Victory Shield Under 16 International - Pirelli Stadium, Burton - 29/11/12 Patrick Roberts - England U16 Mandatory Credit: Action Images / Carl Recine

As a crucial player for the England Under-17 World Cup team, Roberts has made a name for himself across the footballing globe already.

The starlet has represented his country at several age groups and proved he can compete with the best.

Known to tease

Fulham v Wolverhampton Wanderers - Sky Bet Football League Championship

Roberts has previously admitted that he will intentionally wind up the full-back by taking the ball tantalisingly close to the defender before nipping it away.

Be prepared to see a fair few raging full-backs..

Heroic Messi

Lionel Messi

The diminutive Argentine is probably a hero to quite a few people, but Roberts is known to absolutely idolise the best player in the world.

If the English youngster can become a quarter of the player that Messi is Celtic will be in for quite something.

Short of time..?

Sunderland v Manchester City - Capital One Cup Third Round

Despite impressing in some of his Championship appearances for Fulham, Roberts has only completed a full 90 minutes once in his senior career.

For Celtic fans, this could be quite a concern. Injuries are likely if a player with such little experience is thrown in for a lot of minutes.

Shot shy

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Roberts is yet to score a goal in the Premier League or Championship, so none of you Celtic fans should be expecting Ronaldo-esque conversion rates.