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6th Dec, 2016 | 1:15pm

Brendan Rodgers: This Celtic 19-year-old is a big talent

By Dominic Toner

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers believes that Patrick Roberts is a “big talent” ahead of the game against Manchester City.

The 19-year-old is currently on an 18-month loan deal with the Scottish champions from Man City and could line-up against his parent club on Tuesday night in the Champions League group stage match.

Celtic have already been eliminated from Europe and their opponents have already qualified for the knockout rounds, meaning it should make for an entertaining game.

Roberts has been impressive so far during his spell in Scotland and won the league title last season.

Rodgers admits he has been impressed by the youngster since he took charge in the summer and thinks he is a wonderful talent.

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“He’s been brilliant, I didn’t see a lot of Patrick before I came to Celtic, but obviously I was aware of him,” Rodgers told the club’s official website. “He’s a big talent and a big applause to him as a young player that after six months at Manchester City, he realised he needed to play games to find experience.

“He obviously has great technical qualities and he will come back to develop and ready to work. He has great qualities and it will be up to the staff at Manchester City to if he fits into their plans. He’s a wonderful talent, a great kid to work with and we’re obviously very happy to have him.”

Roberts has made 34 appearances across all competitions for Celtic since he joined in January, scoring nine goals and supplying eight assists.

The winger is extremely quick and has shown a constant desire to beat a defender with his trickery.

He moved to Manchester City from Fulham for £11million in 2015 and is expected to become one of their homegrown players in the future.

Roberts has represented England at several youth levels and has most recently played four times for the Under-20s.

He is in a great position to start against Manchester City after a goal and an assist in Saturday’s 4-3 victory against Motherwell in the league clash.

In other Celtic news, Scott Brown has highlighted the importance of the club’s trio.