Ronny Deila says Patrick Roberts is a big-game player and could flourish in Champions League

Ronny Deila

The outgoing Celtic boss hailed the 19-year-old winger after his two-goal performance in the title-clinching win over Aberdeen.

Ronny Deila has pile praise on winger Patrick Roberts after the teenager scored two fine goals in Celtic's title-challenging 3-2 win over Aberdeen on Sunday, claiming that the youngsters gets better with every big occasion, as quoted by the club's Twitter account.

Roberts has impressed since joining the Bhoys on an 18-month loan deal from Manchester City on 1 February, and was named the Scottish Player of the Month for April after scoring three goals in a fine run of form.

He added his fourth and fifth goals for the Hoops in just his 11th game for the club as they sealed a fifth successive title, and the England Under-19s international has been tipped for a bright future both at Parkhead and beyond.

Deila, who will step down this summer after winning three trophies in his two years at the club, believes Roberts is getting better as a player with every big occasion that meets him, and insisted that he has the quality to help Celtic flourish in the Champions League qualifiers and beyond next season.

The Norwegian boss said, as quoted by the club's Twitter account: "Every time it is a big occasion he gets better. If he keeps working hard he'll be an important player. He's a winger that scores goals.

"It's important to have him here in the summer. It's what he wants and what the club wants. He has played a lot of youth football and he needs to play special games.

"Champions League qualifiers are special. He has shown the quality needed to get Celtic into the Champions League."

Roberts will be hoping to be an integral part of the plans of whomever is named as Deila's replacement this summer as the club contend with the return of Old Firm rivals Rangers to the top flight.

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