Teenager Patrick Roberts is hoping his double in Saturday’s win over Hearts will convince Celtic boss Ronny Deila to give more first-team opportunities.
The on-loan Manchester City forward found the net in both halves as Celtic came from behind to defeat the Jambos 3-1 in Glasgow.
The goals were Roberts’ first in senior football and he is keen to build some momentum on the back of his man of the match performance.
“The manager knows what I can do and obviously he picks the team. I always do my best whenever I’m on the pitch or if I’m coming off the bench, and I trust his judgement,” Roberts told the Celtic website.
“I always enjoy playing football, whether it’s for the first-team or the Development Squad, so when I get the opportunity I’ve always got to do my best and that’s what I do every game.”
Roberts made the move to Glasgow at the end of the January transfer window, committing to an 18-month stint with the Scottish champions.
His opening goals in green and white were certainly memorable. He dinked the ball over the advancing Neil Alexander to put Celtic 2-1 in front 10 minutes before half time and then cut in off the right wing to curl a left-footed effort in from 20-yards.
Delighted to get off the mark, Roberts admits his second goal came from a move he has been practicing for most of his life.
He said: “I have practised them and [assistant manager] John Collins would probably say that as well. Certainly the second goal is something I’ve been practising for years so I think I’ll take the credit for that.”