He is frightening - Rodgers raves about one Celtic player
By James Black
Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has hailed the club’s business in the transfer window and singled out winger Patrick Roberts for praise, claiming the winger “frightens defenders”.
Roberts re-joined the Hoops on a season-long loan deal from Manchester City last month after spending a successful 18-month loan stint in the east end of Glasgow.
“We feel we can improve and help his game and he’s a great addition to have back in our squad,” Rodgers told the Celtic View, as quoted on the club’s website.
“He is a boy I am really looking forward to seeing develop further this year. Whether he starts or comes on, he’s a player who excites you.
“He’s great on the ball, he’s got that quality and he frightens defenders with his ability.”
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During his first spell in Scotland, Roberts racked up 60 appearances in the hoops, scoring 17 times and making a further 21 assists for his teammates.
Returning to the Hoops wasn’t plain-sailing for Roberts with City preferring a move to Girona or Southampton, however, after enjoying such a successful 18 months at Celtic Roberts’ heart was set on a return to Parkhead.
Roberts even chose to miss out on England’s victorious U20 World Cup campaign to remain in Glasgow and take part in the Scottish Cup final win which saw Celtic complete a treble and finish the season without losing a domestic fixture.
Former Liverpool boss Rodgers is confident that the player’s experience of being a Celtic player will stand him in good stead with expectations undoubtedly increased after Roberts was given the iconic number 7 jersey, telling the club magazine: “The beauty with Patrick, having spent 18 months here, is that he knows what Celtic is about and he knows the pressure and the expectations.”
In other Celtic news, they have been given a double boost ahead of the Champions League.