Celtic star Patrick Roberts admits he's looking forward to coming up against Rangers in Scottish Premiership after semi-final experience


It was the Scottish Championship side that got the better of their Old Firm rivals at Hampden Park.

Patrick Roberts has admitted that after experiencing an Old Firm game for the first time when Celtic met Rangers in the Scottish Cup semi-final, he cannot wait to come up against the Ibrox side in the Scottish Premiership next season, the Evening Times reports.

The winger played the entirety of the game at Hampden Park and missed a glorious chance to mark his first appearance in the derby with a goal as he put his effort wide when he had most of the net to aim for.

But despite the incident, and the fact that the Hoops would go on to lose the game, the 19-year-old insisted that his first taste of the Old Firm rivalry has left him hungry for more, so he is looking forward to the Light Blues' return to the top flight next term as he will get several chances to make amends for the mistake.

"We will play them a few times next season, which will be very good for Scottish football," he told the Evening Times.

"For me personally, I love competition and rivalry. The atmosphere at Hampden was unbelievable, so to see it at Celtic Park or their place would be incredible. I'm looking forward to that.

"The last one was probably the biggest game I have ever played in. Not many people get to play in an Old Firm game, especially in a Scottish Cup semi-final, so that has been my biggest experience. I'll look to take it on in my career and hopefully do much better."

With Roberts' loan from Manchester City set to expire at the end of next season, the youngster will be hoping that he can help the Bhoys see off any challenge that may come from Mark Warburton's men for the league title.

And while some Celtic fans may not want to admit it, these games against their bitter rivals may ultimately benefit their squad. 

Roberts has already spoken of how much he enjoyed the fixture, and more chances to line up against the Gers in the future, and play in games of that magnitude, may help the Hoops convince him to stay longer if they wish to when his loan spell reaches its conclusion. 

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