'Not panned out' - Celtic 21-year-old makes honest admission as summer exit looms
Celtic winger Patrick Roberts has admitted that his second loan spell with the Hoops hasn’t been as successful as his first, but he has no regrets about returning to the club.
The flying machine returned to the Hoops from Manchester City in August after a hugely successful first loan spell with the Bhoys, but a long-term injury restricted his appearances for the Bhoys.
Despite the lack of game time, Roberts is pleased that he made the return to Glasgow.
“I thought I had unfinished business here and I wanted to come back. Unfortunately, it’s not panned out the way I’d hoped but being here has been a huge honour and I’ve enjoyed pulling on the shirt” he said, as quoted by The Herald.
Despite making few appearances this season, Roberts still managed an important contribution, scoring for the Hoops in their 3-0 win over Anderlecht in the Champions League.
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It was a no-brainer for Brendan Rodgers and the Hoops board to bring back Roberts, as he has brilliant for the Bhoys last season. It is unfortunate the way his second season has turned out, as his long-term hamstring injury ended his season before it really got a chance to get going. The lack of game time, coupled with the excellent form of James Forrest, has meant that Roberts has been a bit-part player for the Bhoys this season, which nobody would have expected when he made his return to the club in August. It is not surprising that he now wants to try and make a go of it in England, as two and a half seasons is enough time for the player to show what he is capable of in Scotland. Fans will be disappointed with the way it has ended for Roberts in Glasgow, but he will go with the very best wishes of the Hoops support.
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