Patrick Roberts' latest display further evidence that Celtic pulled off a January coup

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Celtic signed Patrick Roberts on an 18-month deal in January.

On-loan Celtic star Patrick Roberts showed yet more glimpses of his undoubted ability as his side defeated opponents Hearts 3-1 to move another step closer to securing the Scottish Premiership title.

The former Fulham academy star joined Manchester City last summer for a hefty fee and was immediately placed in the club’s youth team to take part in the U21 Premier League campaign.

Roberts was always talented, yet he needed proper first-team experience and moved to Celtic in January.

It was perhaps a gamble for the Bhoys to be taking on a player so young midway through the campaign, yet the Glasgow giants managed to get him on an 18-month deal which is now looking like a super deal.

Roberts made a slow start to his Celtic stint, initially making a couple of appearances off the substitutes bench before earning his first start for the Celtic Park club at the beginning of March.

In a previous game against Dundee he looked sharp and showed flashes of his potential, yet against Hearts in the day’s early kick-off he took his game to an all-new level with a match-winning display.

The talented midfielder scored twice as Celtic came from behind to win 3-1, first netting with a dinked finish before getting on the end of Stefan Johansen’s pass to superbly tuck away his second.

Roberts is capable of playing all across midfield and in a number of positions in the final third, and Celtic fans have yet to see the best of him which is a potentially frightening prospect.

After more first-team experience, the City ace will only get better and by next season the club’s decision to bring him in on an 18-month deal will almost certainly be looked upon as great business.

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