Patrick Roberts insists he prefers Celtic over England U19s this summer

The winger is wanted by club and country with no decision yet made over who will get him.

Celtic youngster Patrick Roberts would prefer to play for the Hoops than England this summer, he has told the club’s official website.

The youngster has begun to impress in recent months since signing on loan from Manchester City in the January transfer window.

He was once again on the score sheet on Saturday as he bagged his side’s second goal in the 3-1 win over Hearts.

This summer there is set to be a tussle for his services, as Ronny Deila’s side need him for their Champions League qualifying run, while England want him for the European under-19 tournament in Germany.

Who he ends up playing for remains to be seen, but for the player there is only one choice: helping his club side qualify for Europe.

“Club and country will decide but my preference is to play with Celtic,' said Roberts,” the Daily Mail reports him saying.

“Chances to qualify for the Champions League don't come around often for me, so to do that would be a big honour. Celtic and England will talk to each other and I'll just play my football.

“It's one of the main things Celtic play for in a season — getting into the Champions League. It is always an honour to play for your country but my priority would be qualifiers with Celtic because that's a dream for me.”

For now, Roberts must focus on getting the season finished with Celtic as they eye their fifth successive Scottish Premiership title.

The win over Hearts took them one step closer to making that a reality as they now sit nine points clear at the top and with a vastly superior goal difference over second-placed Aberdeen.

And even if Roberts misses out on the Champions League qualification, he can be pleased with the knowledge he has played his part in their title success.

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