Brendan Rodgers hails Celtic starlet


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Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers is convinced Patrick Roberts has a bright future ahead of him after the winger’s goal against Manchester City on Tuesday.

The Bhoys finished the Champions League group stage with a 1-1 draw at the Etihad Stadium but it was not enough to continue their European adventure as Rodgers’ side finished bottom of Group C.

Roberts, 19, opened the scoring at the Etihad Stadium after just four minutes before City levelled soon after to share the spoils.

The winger is on-loan at Parkhead from City and Rodgers was delighted with how he acquitted himself against his parent club.

Rodgers believes Roberts will be able to force himself into manager Pep Guardiola’s plans when he returns to Manchester.

“I’ve been impressed with Patrick in the build up,” Rodgers said, as reported by the Evening Times. “It can’t have been easy for him as a City player but he kept his emotions well.

“He showed his quality and is in the right place at this time in his career. “It’s great that City allows him to play.

You see a top English talent score a brilliant goal and show his quality. I’m proud of his qualities. “He has the quality – no doubt. When he signed [at Celtic] it was for 18 months and the idea was to play games at his age.

“At Celtic with 60,000 fans every other week he’s dealing with expectancy and has won a league and a Cup and is now a winner.

“I’m sure he’ll come back here and Pep will look in the summer. He’s tactically good and physically he looked strong.He’s a big talent and he will have a big career.”

Celtic travel to Partick Thistle on Friday and they are 1.25 to record a win. A victory for the hosts is 11.00 and a draw is available at 6.50.

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