Patrick Roberts admits joy at being able to live out this personal dream at Celtic next season

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The teenager winger is thrilled to be looking ahead to playing in the Champions League so early in his career.

On-loan Celtic winger Patrick Roberts has admitted to the club's official website that he is delighted to be able to look forward to living out his lifelong dream of playing in the Champions League next season after the Bhoys secured a fifth consecutive Scottish Premiership title.

Roberts, who joined Celtic on an 18-month loan from Manchester City in the January transfer window, took his tally for the club to five from his first 11 games with a first-half brace against Aberdeen on Sunday.

The 19-year-old scored two fine goals in the first 20 minutes to put the Bhoys 2-0 up against their nearest challengers, and though the visitors briefly rallied, the Bhoys held on to seal the title.

That means that the Hoops have secured their place in the qualifying round of next season's Champions League, and the England Under-19s international admitted to the club's website that he is delighted to be able to look forward to achieving a long-time personal goal of his.

Roberts said: "I’ve always wanted to get to the Champions League. It’s a big ambition of mine. Celtic haven’t been in it for the past couple of years so to get back there would be great and for me it would be unbelievable to perform well in that as well as the league and the cups, so I’m hoping next season will be a good one.

"We’ll enjoy the celebrations, finish the last two games of the season, enjoy the summer and come back fit and ready to go."

Roberts will be hoping to be an important part of the plans of Ronny Deila's successor at Parkhead, with the Norwegian manager stepping down from his role after two years this summer.

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