Celtic forward Patrick Roberts talks up importance of Old Firm clash

Patrick Roberts has made seven appearances for the Hoops during his loan spell.

Patrick Roberts has told Celtic’s official website that Sunday’s Scottish Cup semi-final against Old Firm rivals will be the most important match of his early playing career.

On loan from Manchester City, the attacking midfielder has been used sparingly by manager Ronny Deila this term, racking up just seven appearances. However, ahead of the clash at Hampden Park, the former Fulham player has acknowledged the importance of the tie.

The 19-year-old has been in impressive form in recent weeks and hopes to have played his way into his manager’s starting line-up plans.

Roberts netted twice against Hearts at the start of April in a 3-1 win at Celtic Park and appears to have settled well north of the border following agreeing to an 18-month loan deal with the Scottish champions.

Looking ahead to this weekend’s affair, the teenager told the club’s official website that he would love to be involved in the Old Firm derby.

“I can feel the buzz and expectations already,” Roberts said. “I want to do my best as I know what it’s like to lose a game when the city is divided and it’s not nice when you are on the losing end.

"So I will do my best to bring a victory back to the Celtic fans. It will definitely be the biggest game in my career so far.”

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