Patrick Roberts insists he wants to stay at Celtic next season

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Patrick Roberts has made seven appearances for Celtic to date.

Patrick Roberts has insisted to the Glasgow Evening Times that he wants to see out his loan deal at Celtic.

The youngster has signed on an 18-month switch from Manchester City, but there were fears starting to emerge at Parkhead that Pep Guardiola’s appointment at the Etihad Stadium could cause the Premier League side to cut the deal short.

However, Roberts has moved to allay concerns from supporters, by insisting that he wants to stay with Celtic for next season.

“The club will do what is best for them and I have to do what is best for me,” Roberts said.

“I felt 18 months is good as you get the chance to qualify for the Champions League and the chances to win leagues and cups, and that’s what you want to be doing, playing at the highest level in the world – especially as a kid.

“It’s much better than sitting around. You want to be playing.

“I’m here for the 18 months and I’m a Celtic player, and what he (Guardiola) does will be for himself and City.

“My decision to come up here was a good one as this is a club with massive expectations. Some players perform better in these conditions and I think this is the case with me.

“It’s been a great experience so far and I want it to continue.”

Roberts was eased into life at Celtic by manager Ronny Deila, with most his initial appearances coming for the under-21 side.

The wide-man has been handed his chance in the first-team now though, and he has already proven his quality.

Roberts has played seven times for the Bhoys so far, and his display against Hearts, where he scored twice, was particularly eye-catching.

Roberts’ next chance to impress could come against Rangers at the weekend, and the youngster admits that it will be the biggest moment of his career if he does feature.

“It will definitely be the biggest game in my career so far,” he added.

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