By Dominic Toner
Barcelona manager Luis Enrique has praised Celtic youngster Patrick Roberts.
The two clubs met on Saturday in the International Champions Cup and the Spanish giants prevailed 3-1.
The 19-year-old Roberts picked up another 45 minutes in the pre-season encounter and the Barcelona manager admitted he was impressed with the teenager.
“He’s a great player and has a great future,” Enrique told Celtic’s website. “He has great quality and he brings a lot of things to the team.”
Enrique currently works with some of the most skilful and talented players in the worlds but the trickery of Roberts caught his eye in Dublin.
Roberts joined Celtic on an 18-month loan deal from Manchester City at the start of the year and scored six goals in 11 appearances in the league last season.
The ex-Fulham player will be aiming to impress Man City manager Pep Guardiola during the remainder of his loan and force his way into his future plans.
In the meantime Roberts will turn his attention to Celtic’s upcoming season and securing a place in the Champions League group stages.
Brendan Rodgers highlighted Roberts for his performances against Astana in the recent 1-1 draw and the Scottish champions will be hoping to finish the job in the return fixture on Wednesday.
Celtic have failed to make it to the group stages of Europe’s elite club competition since the 2013/14 season where they were drawn against AC Milan, Ajax and Barcelona.