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  • Patrick Roberts: I'll always feel part of the Celtic Family

    Patrick Roberts: I'll always feel part of the Celtic Family

    By: Tony Connelly on 26 May, 2018 10:01

  • PATRICK Roberts arrived at Celtic as a relatively unknown 18-year-old, but during his two-and-a-half-years in Glasgow, he established himself as a huge talent who became a firm favourite with the Celtic supporters. He may now have bid farewell to the Hoops, but Roberts admitted that a piece of his heart will forever remain in Paradise.

    The 21-year-old winger played his last match in the Hoops at Scott Brown’s Testimonial where he offered a parting gift of a goal before receiving a standing ovation when he was substituted.

    “I’ve had a good two-and-a-half years here,” said Roberts in an exclusive interview with the Celtic View. “I’ve enjoyed it, I’ve won trophies, I’ve met a lot of good people and I’ve loved every minute of it.

    “It’s obviously sad that my time here has come to an end but everything comes to an end and I have a lot of really good memories of playing here. The success this season has been incredible and I’m happy that the Celtic fans have had that, because they’ve been amazing.”

    The dear green place became something of a home away from home for Roberts. Much of that can be attributed to the way Celtic fans received him and the love they have shown for the youngster, who left his home and family to come up to Scotland build further his career.

    “The Celtic fans are second to none. It’s like a family up here and I’ll always feel part of the family," he said. "Celtic’s been good to me and I hope I’ve been able to repay the fans, the board, staff and players.

    “They’re the reason why I wanted to come back here. I’ve had ups and downs but the fans have been there for me throughout it all and I’ll always be thankful for that.”

    His gratitude towards the fans, his team-mates, staff and the club is centred on his appreciation for all that Brendan Rodgers has allowed him to achieve and the way the manager, as he has done with so many young players, has helped develop his game.

    “I’ll definitely cite Brendan Rodgers as a big factor in my development as a player,” said Roberts. “He’s improved my game in a big way. I’m grateful to Ronny bringing me in and then to the manager for continuing that and showing the faith in me throughout these two years.

    “He’s been incredible and I’ll be thankful to him for that forever. Hopefully it puts me in good stead for the rest of my career. Having a start here at Celtic has meant a lot and I’m thankful to everyone involved.”

    Read more from Patrick Roberts and his Celtic team-mates on winning the Double Treble, ONLY in this week's Celtic View. On sale now.

    Make sure you get your copy, which also includes a stunning free A2 poster, celebrating the open-top bus parade at Paradise.

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