Patrick Roberts could line up against parent club Manchester City for Celtic in the Champions League on Tuesday, but the winger still has his eyes on winning a spot in the Blues’ star-studded squad.
Roberts is currently on an 18-month loan to the Scottish champions as he continues his development, and came off the bench for the last 9 minutes against City during the thrilling 3-3 draw between the sides back in September.
The 19-year-old is still fighting for a place at Celtic and has completed 90 minutes only three times this season, but he has the belief that he can make it at City.
Speaking to the Scottish Daily Mail, Roberts oozed self-confidence when asked whether he has a chance of making it when he returns to City in June 2017:
“I have never resigned myself to not making it there. I never give up.
“I showed last season that I could compete with them in training and maybe that’ s why I stayed there for a bit – I did quite well.
“You need to play games and you are not going to play many because there are many top-class players there, so that’s why I left on loan.
“I never give up. I’ll go back there and show them what I can do. That’s the kind of person I am.”
Roberts already seems to know in his mind what he’ll need to do to try and break through at City and isn’t put off by the amount of competition he’ll face.
“Everyone writes off the English players at City.
“They do buy a lot of foreign players, but what they have is a confidence, a belief in their ability.
“You need to give off an aura there but you can’t do that right away. You must claim a starting position. I’ll get to the end of the season and see where it’s at and go from there.”
Though capable of playing in several positions, Roberts is predominantly a right winger and current City options there are Raheem Sterling, Leroy Sané and Jesus Navas. With Navas out of contract next summer and expected to leave, though, the teenager from Kingston-upon-Thames could have a chance to work his way into Pep Guardiola’s plans ahead of the 2017-18 season.