By Richard Parks
On-loan Celtic winger Patrick Roberts has given a major indication that he wants to stay at the club beyond the end of his loan spell this summer.
The Manchester City-owned winger has become a fan favourite at Parkhead during the two loan spells he has at the club since initially joining in January 2016.
Roberts, 21, has been sidelined since November with a serious hamstring problem but was on the bench for the win over Rangers last weekend and is now fully fit.
In an interview, hosted by Laurie Ross insurance, and as quoted by the Daily Record, Roberts was asked by young Celtic supporters if he would like to stay at the club to help them seal ten-in-a-row, which would mean remaining until the summer of 2021.
“I would love to be here but I can’t really say much on that,” Roberts said. “Something like that is massive and especially for Celtic to do it would be huge, and I’m sure they’ll do it and I’ll be part of it if I’m here or not.”
Roberts also had a dig at his parent club when he was asked which of the two clubs, Celtic or Man City, had the better atmosphere.
“That’s not really a question. It’s easy, Celtic. They are the best (fans) I will probably ever play in front of. Celtic by a mile, especially Champions League nights are special. Something I will take with me wherever I go,” he stated to Laurie Ross.
Football Insider verdict:
Roberts’ answers are music to the ears of Celtic fans who would love him to extend his stay at the club into a fourth season and beyond. The winger has made a huge impact at the club, with 18 goals and 24 assists from 72 appearances, and has been sorely missed over the last four months while on the sidelines. His mobility, technical ability and cutting edge make him a key member of the front line, and the best to watch when on song. Roberts’ desire to stay for another three years is fascinating, although much will depend upon the stance of City, who have him tied to a contract that runs until 2020. He is a brilliant player who will only improve in the coming years.
In other Celtic news, a £45,000-a-week man at the club is set to quit this summer after major Monday development.