Celtic star Patrick Roberts explains why he's always on at Brendan Rodgers

General view of Celtic Park

The winger is currently on loan with the Scottish Premiership side.

Celtic's Patrick Roberts celebrates scoring their second goalCeltic's Patrick Roberts

Patrick Roberts has admitted that he is always on at Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers because he is desperate to be out on the pitch for as long as possible, the Evening Times reports.

The 19-year-old is on loan from Manchester City until the end of the season, and he has shown since he completed his switch in January that he has the ability to change the game with a piece of brilliance. 

Celtic's Patrick Roberts in action

Despite his obvious talent, he conceded that he still feels the need to remind his manager that he is always willing to feature for the team due to the level of competition within the Bhoys' squad.

"He [Rodgers] has a lot of players to choose from but I'm always ready and waiting and always at him to play but all I can do is all I can do," he told the Evening Times.

New Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers during the press conferenceCeltic manager Brendan Rodgers

"It can motivate you when you know you're starting but I've loved playing out there ever since I came here and I'll do my best whenever I get that chance."

After Celtic endured a slightly underwhelming season last term, Rodgers will be looking to his squad to show the kind of passion and commitment that they appeared to lack at times under Ronny Deila. 

Patrick Roberts celebrates after scoring the third goal for Celtic

The former Fulham man's attitude suggests that he will not go hiding when the team needs him, as he proved on Wednesday when he got the third goal to secure their place in the next round of the Champions League qualifiers.

And that attitude may also help Celtic if they ultimately want to sign the winger on a permanent deal at some stage in the future. Roberts has made just one Premier League appearance for his parent club, and a similar lack of opportunities upon his return from his loan spell is unlikely to sit well with him, especially after being such an important player at Parkhead. 

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