On-loan Celtic winger Patrick Roberts has disclosed what he hopes to achieve now that he’s returned to first-team training.
The 21-year-old hasn’t played football since injuring his hamstring in a 1-1 draw with Motherwell at the end of November.
He has finally started training again during the Hoops’ winter break in Dubai, and told CelticTV, as quoted by the Hoops’ official website what his plan is going forward to back to full fitness.
“It’s been good to be outside running. That was the main objective for me – to get back running while I was out here.
“I want to finish the season strongly. I finished it quite well last year so that’s the main objective again. I’ve had a tough season with injuries and it’s getting right and finishing as strongly as I can.
“Obviously, with the team as well, we want to get as many points as we can and win as many trophies as we can.”
Roberts originally joined the Bhoys on an 18 month loan deal from Manchester City in January 2016.
He played well in patches but didn’t really come into his own until the latter stages of the following season, where he was part of Brendan Rodgers’ all-conquering treble winners.
He ended the season with 11 goals and 19 assists as the Bhoys went through the entire league season without defeat.
Roberts returned to the Hoops on a further year’s loan in August, but injuries and the form of James Forrest have restricted his appearances, and he has scored only one goal so far this season.
A fully-fit Roberts could be a big player for Brendan Roberts’ side in the second-half of the season as they go for back-to-back domestic trebles and play Zenit in the Europa League.
In other Celtic news, Brendan Rodgers has admitted that he isn’t sure how long Moussa Dembele will stay with the Hoops
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