By James Black

Celtic star Patrick Roberts claimed he can only get better in his progression as a player at Parkhead has has heaped praise on Brendan Rodgers for putting his faith in him.

Roberts, 20, re-joined the Hoops on a season-long loan in the closing days of the transfer window after completing his original 18-month spell in Glasgow last term.

Celtic spent most of the summer trying to get their man, even making a reported club-record bid of £8million, but Manchester City were only willing to let Roberts leave temporarily.

The Hoops mainstay has already won every medal available in top-flight Scottish football and insists he wants to continue to improve as a player working alongside Rodgers.

“The manager knows what I bring, he knows the type of play I am and that’s why he’s brought me to the club,” Roberts told the Celtic View, as quoted by the club’s website.

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“He puts a lot of trust in me at such a young age and I strive to repay that. He’s been good ever since he came here and I can only get better for him.

“I haven’t set myself any specific targets. I just want to keep improving as a player and to win as many games as I can, and stages like the Champions League play a big part in that.”

Roberts played a big part in last season’s undefeated domestic treble – scoring 11 times in 47 appearances across all competitions – and was linked with moves to Southampton, Nice and Girona over the summer window.

The on-loan Man City attacker however insisted he wanted to return to Glasgow after the most successful spell of his career to date.

Roberts even missed out on England’s victorious Under-20 World Cup campaign, choosing to remain in Scotland to take part in the Scottish Cup final at Hampden.

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