By Will Butcher
Patrick Roberts is fully understanding of Celtic’s selection difficulties as Brendan Rodgers looks to rotate his squad to keep everyone happy.
The 19-year-old has struggled to featured on a regular basis under Rodgers this season, after starting just 10 of Celtic’s 27 league and cup fixtures this season.
Speaking to Celtic’s official website, Manchester City loanee Roberts revealed that he is prepared to play a bit-part role with the Hoops as James Forrest remains first choice on the right of Rodgers’ attack.
“Last season, towards the back end of the season, I was playing every game and doing well and scoring goals,” Rodgers said.
“But although I haven’t had as much game-time this season, it’s all about the team and when I’m playing I have to do as well as I can for the team.
“When you’re brought in and called upon, you need to be ready. So I just try to do my best in every opportunity I get and just try to take it.”
Roberts has made 20 appearances in total for the Hoops this season, most recently starting in the Hoops 3-0 Betfred Cup final win against Aberdeen.
Scoring two goals and providing a further five strikes in assists, Roberts is showing class and maturity that is expected of someone well beyond his age.
Now, the England Under-20’s international could be set to feature for the 47-time Scottish Champions against Motherwell on Saturday, as the Hoops look to maintain their dominance at the top of the Scottish Premiership.
Despite playing three games less than their rivals, Celtic sit eight points clear and will be looking to stretch that lead at Fir Park.
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