By James Black
Celtic winger Patrick Roberts has revealed he modelled his game on Bayern Munich star Arjen Robben ahead of facing the Dutchman’s side tomorrow night.
Robben has won titles in Holland, Spain, Germany and England, as well as lifting the Champions League, and has enjoyed a career at the very highest level.
The 33-year-old recently announced his international retirement after Holland failed to qualify for next summer’s World Cup in Russia.
The Hoops travel to Germany to face Bayern in the Champions League and Roberts admitted he had based his game on the former Chelsea, PSV and Real Madrid star.
Robben has become known for cutting in from the right-hand side onto his left foot and shooting and it’s something that the on-loan Manchester City kid admits to copying.
“Players like (Robben) put the hard work in in training throughout the years and that is why they are on the biggest stage in world football,” Roberts said in an interview with FourFourTwo, as quoted by their website.
“Hopefully one day that can be me but I need to keep practising my technique.
“I have always enjoyed the way he comes inside and shoots,”
“I’ve tried to emulate that, come in and shoot like that, since he was at Chelsea and I was only a young boy.”
Celtic won their last outing in the Champions League – beating Anderlecht 3-0 in Belgium – and a win over Bayern would put the Hoops three points clear in second-place.
Brendan Rodgers’s side lost their opening group game 5-0 at home to Paris Saint-Germain.
Roberts scored in the win in Brussels and has been in good form for Celtic so far this season.
The 20-year-old looked back to his best in the 1-0 win over Dundee on Saturday, pushing the Dundee defence back with his direct runs, and will be hoping to put in a good show against the Bundesliga champions.
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