Confirmed: Attacker rejects offer for 'once in a lifetime' Celtic opportunity
By Russell Edge
Celtic striker Patrick Roberts has turned down the opportunity to play for England Under-20s so he can be available for the Hoops’ final fixtures, including the Scottish Cup final.
The England age-group side are set to be in action in the Under-20 World Cup in South Korea from 20 May – 11 June, during which Celtic play their final Scottish Premiership match against Hearts, before taking on Aberdeen in the Scottish Cup final.
Were the Hoops able to overcome Aberdeen, it would secure them a domestic treble following their success in both the Scottish League Cup and the Scottish Premiership, and Roberts has committed to his club over country.
On loan from Manchester City, the 20-year-old has made 28 league appearances for Celtic, scoring five goals, but insists he wants to remain at Celtic Park rather than travelling to compete for the England youth team.
He told Celtic’s official website: “In such a special year for the club I want to be part of everything here.
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“It is a once in a lifetime opportunity and now I will focus on continuing to do all I can for Celtic.”
Roberts has had some stiff competition up front for the Hoops, with the prolific Moussa Dembele and Leigh Griffiths fighting for the same role.
However, with Dembele being ruled out of the rest of the season through injury, the young striker will be hoping for more game time under Brendan Rodgers.
In other Celtic news, the club are lining up a £1.5m bid for a midfielder tearing up the league.