Roberts eager to push on with Celtic and repay Rodgers faith

Date published: Thursday 5th October 2017 4:32 - James Marshment

Patrick Roberts: Celebrates his goal for Celtic

Patrick Roberts is keen to repay the trust shown in him by Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers.

Rodgers played a key role in bringing Roberts back to the club on loan this summer following a hugely impressive campaign last season that helped the club win a domestic treble and finish the season unbeaten.

It was a drawn-out switch from Manchester City, but Rodgers eventually got his wish and the attacking midfielder was delighted to link back up with his teammates and manager.

He told the club website: “The manager knows what I bring, he knows the type of player I am and that’s why he’s brought me to the club.

“He puts a lot of trust in me at such a young age and I strive to repay that. He’s been good ever since he came here and I can only get better for him.

“I haven’t set myself any specific targets. I just want to keep improving as a player and to win as many games as I can, and stages like the Champions League play a big part in that.”

The 20-year-old has perhaps not reached his own high standards this season, with just one goal coming in the 3-0 win at Anderlecht, and only two starts in the league as Celtic’s impressive run of domestic form goes on.

The club has not tasted defeat for 58 matches and survived a scare against Hibernian before eventually drawing 2-2 to remain top of the table, but Roberts is taking nothing for granted during the international break.

“We just look to win the game and to perform well as a team,” he said. “If we do that, the results will come. So we’ll just take every game as it comes.

“It’s the international break now so some of the lads are going away, when they come back we’ll look to kick on from where we left off.”

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