Patrick Roberts sold on move to Celtic by Jason Denayer


Celtic’s latest recruit 19-year-old Patrick Roberts has Man City team-mate Jason Denayer for selling him on a move to the Glasgow side.

The teenager has penned an 18-month loan deal from City, who only signed the player from Fulham in the summer for £12 million.

Tipped as one of English football’s most exciting prospects, he has already made a number of first team appearances for the Manchester side and is an established England youth international.

And after signing for Celtic, Roberts believes that success with Celtic will be perfect for his career development.

Speaking to the official Celtic website, Roberts said: “I’m delighted. This is a massive club. As soon as my agent called me and said Celtic were interested, I was jumping at the bit.

“Celtic is huge in Scotland and in Europe, and this is what I want. I’m here for a long time and have time to bed-in at the club. It’s a long time but I want to be here to develop. I want to do well for Celtic, win trophies and get into Europe. Those are my aims.

“This is the biggest club in Scotland. They play in Europe and a massive stadium like this. I used to wear the kit when I was younger as my mum bought me it and I liked the colour.

“I want to be as successful as anyone else, win trophies and games – I want to get that into my locker for my career. I’m very direct and quick. I like to get the fans off their seats, which I hope to do many times, and I like to score goals.

“I have spoken to Ronny a few times and he’s been very good with me. I know this is a big club with big players and I know how good they are.

“I just want to keep doing well in training and get a chance to play for this club. I hope to get a chance and make my name from there.”

City team mate Jason Denayer spoke about his experiences at Celtic, which according to Roberts helped convince him to join Deila’s side.

He added: “Manchester City know I need to be playing football and they were happy for me to come up here and play. Jason Denayer came up here last year and did very well.

“I spoke to him and he said it was a very good club so I was encouraged by what he said and I’m really excited to come here. Jason kept going on about it every time I asked him, so he only had good reviews of the club.

“I want to be playing regular football so as soon as the opportunity came along with Celtic I was jumping at the bit as I want to put my name out there in the world.

“I have seen Celtic Park on European nights on TV many times and it looks amazing, so it would be great to witness that.”


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Andy Muirhead is the Editor of Scotzine and the Scottish Football fanzine FITBA. He is the Scottish Football columnist for The Morning Star and has written for a number of other publications including ESPN, Huffington Post UK, BT Life's a Pitch and has had his work featured in the Daily Record, The Scotsman and the Daily Mail.

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