Roberts wants to cre­ate his­tory with Celtic

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GLAS­GOW: Celtic winger Pa­trick Roberts says he turned down the chance to go to the uN­der-20 World Cup with Eng­land to cre­ate his­tory with the Hoops.

The 20-year-old had played a key part in fir­ing Paul Simp­son’s English young­sters to the fi­nals in South Korea, which are due to start on May 20.

But the on-loan Manch­ester City winger has elected to miss the tour­na­ment in or­der to turn out for Celtic in the Scot­tish Cup fi­nal against Aberdeen on May 27 as the Glas­gow club bid to seal a first do­mes­tic tre­ble since 2001.

“Ob­vi­ously when we got to the fi­nal that was the talk­ing point and we had dis­cus­sions,” Roberts said.

“Play­ing for my club and coun­try are both proud hon­ours for me so it is never easy. But the chance to play for the tre­ble and make his­tory at this club is im­por­tant to me.

“That’s what I came here to do and what I want to fin­ish do­ing.”

Roberts grabbed a dou­ble in Celtic’s 4-1 rout of St Johnstone in Glas­gow on Satur­day to help ex­tend their un­beaten do­mes­tic run to 43 games.

And man­ager Bren­dan Rodgers is de­lighted that the for­mer Ful­ham player has elected to stay in an at­tempt to end his 18month stint at the club in style.

“It was great for us,” the Hoops boss ad­mit­ted.

“It’s a dif­fi­cult one for the player be­cause ob­vi­ously he loves it here but he had the chance to go to a World Cup and not many play­ers get the chance to do that.

“I think it tells you ev­ery­thing about his en­joy­ment here and how he wants to be part of hope­fully cre­at­ing some his­tory here by fin­ish­ing it off by win­ning a cup and claim­ing some records in the league.

“You don’t get the chance to do that too many times in your ca­reer.”

The winger will re­port back to City for pre-sea­son train­ing in the sum­mer but Rodgers ad­mits he’d like to bring him back to Celtic on a per­ma­nent deal.

“He’s an out­stand­ing tal­ent. He’s a player that of course we’d love to have here, but we have to re­spect he’s still a City player,” the Hoops boss said. AFP

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