Celtic blow as senior attacker potentially out for cup final (not Dembele)
By Matt Bullin
Celtic winger Patrick Roberts has stated that he doesn’t know if he will be able to feature in the Hoops’ Scottish Cup final with Aberdeen.
The Manchester City loanee is due to represent England in the Under-20s World Cup in South Korea in May, meaning that he could miss the cup final at Hampden.
Roberts’ first game for England would be against Argentina, exactly a week before the cup final, which is on May 27.
Since joining on loan at the Hoops in February 2016, Roberts has already won three medals, and is eyeing up his fourth, as well as a treble this term.
The 20-year-old has played 41 league and cup games for the Bhoys in all competitions this season, providing 15 assists and scoring seven goals.
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Speaking in the Daily Record, Roberts spoke about the possibility of missing Celtic’s Scottish Cup final.
He said: “I can’t really say too much about that at the moment. We just have to see what happens. All I know is it’s not up to me.
“I’m just glad that Celtic are in the final. The experience at Celtic has been brilliant and Sunday was another highlight I will look back on at the end of it all.
“Last year was good and I’ve now played over 50 games for the club. I’ve got three medals already and I now have a treble in mind too.”
Due to the fact it is a World Cup, England do have priority on Roberts’ services, but Brendan Rodgers will hope his national side see the benefit of him playing in the cup final.
Roberts has represented at England right through the age groups, from the Under-16s to the Under-20s, whom he has nine caps and four goals for.
Roberts has been in superb form in recent weeks and has scored two goals and set up four in his last four league games.
In other Celtic news, Danny Wilson has slammed his Rangers side after their defeat to Celtic.