Celtic loanee Patrick Roberts looking forward to first taste of Old Firm derby

The Scottish Premiership leaders meet their bitter rivals in the semi-final of the Scottish Cup next weekend.

Patrick Roberts has admitted that he is looking forward to his first experience of the Old Firm derby between Celtic and Rangers, the Evening Times reports.

The Hoops take on Mark Warburton's men in the semi-final of the Scottish Cup next weekend in what is only the second meeting between the pair in around four years.

And while the winger - who is on loan at Parkhead from Manchester City - conceded that he is not sure what to expect from the game against the Gers, he insisted that he cannot wait to be a part of it.

"It should be a very good game as well. These are potentially the biggest moments of my career coming up. From what people say, it's some derby," he told the Evening Times.

"I've seen a few derbies in England but never been to a Scottish derby so it will be great to get involved in that."

With the game arguably meaning more than just a semi-final - with both sides looking to secure the momentum ahead of the Light Blues' return to the top flight next season - Ronny Deila may well be looking to Roberts to use his magic to make the difference in what could well be a tight game.

The 19-year-old has been mesmerising since joining the Hoops and backed up his obvious talent by bagging a wonderful brace in the recent win over Hearts. And it may be that ability that is required to unlock a Rangers defence that will be determined to cause an upset, book Celtic's place in the final and secure the coveted bragging rights.  

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