'What a time to be alive' - Celtic fans lose their minds as attacker starts v Hamilton
By James Black
Celtic’s starting XI has been announced for Friday’s Scottish Premiership clash with Hamilton and fan favourite Patrick Roberts is making his second debut, leaving Celtic fans ecstatic on social media.
The English attacker re-joined the Bhoys on a season-long loan from Manchester City and Twitter is abuzz with fans looking forward to seeing Roberts in the hoops again.
The team news was announced on Celtic’s official Twitter account prior to kick off.
— Celtic Football Club (@celticfc) September 8, 2017
Roberts spent 18 months with Celtic before returning to Man City over the summer and, despite City’s preference for him to go elsewhere to continue his development, he moved back north of the border with a few days of the transfer window left.
After the success of his first loan spell in Glasgow, Roberts has been handed the iconic number 7 jersey at Parkhead and expectations will be higher than ever for the 20-year-old.
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Here is a selection of their comments from Twitter:
Canny wait to see paddy in a celtic strip again https://t.co/ZIim6xPnOl
— Sophie Canning (@soph_can) September 8, 2017
Was hoping Roberts would start tonight, he needs minutes ahead of PSG game. #Celtic
— John McNeil (@JohnMcNeil15) September 8, 2017
Roberts and Eduoard start, am in love https://t.co/La1P0su8PX
— The Fat Wolverine (@connorblair01) September 8, 2017
Paddy Roberts starting
What a time to be alive
— Paddy Brennan (@PaddyBrennan7) September 8, 2017
Paddy Roberts back at it again, a may greet
— Josh Murray (@JoshMurray10) September 8, 2017
Paddy Roberts starts! pic.twitter.com/yEZkdbkBIi
— Kieran Hamill (@KieranHamill8) September 8, 2017
Can't wait for Paddy Roberts to make his return for the Hoops tonight ???? Looking forward to seeing Edouard as well ????
— AM 5-1 x 2 ???????? (@annemarie6377) September 8, 2017
Paddy Roberts starting ????????????
— Mark Carr (@Mark1967_) September 8, 2017
Roberts’ first spell at Parkhead saw the winger become a cult hero at Parkhead with a series of fantastic displays for Brendan Rodgers’ side, scoring 17 times in 60 appearances and making a further 21 assists.
As Rodgers’ side closed in on an unbeaten domestic treble last season, Roberts chose not to travel to the Under-20 World Cup with England, missing out on the young England squad’s successful campaign.
Celtic fans will also be delighted to see Roberts start tonight as Paris Saint-Germain visit Parkhead on Tuesday in the Champions League and after such success last season they will be desperate for him to replicate that form.
The Scottish champions almost secured a permanent move for Roberts and were set to smash their transfer record to do so, however, Man City boss Pep Guardiola still sees Roberts as part of his long-term plans and wasn’t prepared to let him leave permanently.
In other Celtic news, Chris Sutton has predicted Friday’s trip to Hamilton.