PADDY ROBERTS has thanked brother Adam for KICKING him when they played football as kids.
The Celtic fans’ favourite, who will end his 18-month loan deal after Saturday’s Scottish Cup Final against Aberdeen, believes being booted around by his sibling made him a better player.
Roberts reckons the rough treatment from Adam prepared him for the rigours of big-time football up against bruising defenders.
The 20-year-old tricky touchline operator, who will return to parent club Manchester City, revealed his brother has joined the Hoops support and often makes the journey to cheer him on.
But Roberts also appreciates the backing he gets from the champions’ followers. He said: “To have the support I get from the fans is huge for me.
“I didn’t really know what to expect when I came up here so for it go it as well as it has is amazing.

“One thing my mum has always said is that you want to be adored by the supporters and I’ve always wanted to get people off their seat.

“That’s what I enjoy, putting on a show. It is great to hear the fans sing my name and to feel the love from them is something I could only dream about.

“My family have really enjoyed it, especially my brother Adam. He always gets involved, he loves the away games and being part of my career.

“It is really nice for me to have support like that, most players don’t have that. They just want to see me do as well as I want to do for myself.

“They go to lots of away games as well. When we played Partick Thistle at Firhill last week my brother was trying to get as many tickets as he could.

“They will all be at the Final on Saturday cheering me on. My whole family will be there, my mother, father, brother and sister.

“Adam plays football with his mates down south, but he come to all the games up here that he can manage to.

“He has been to a lot of our games towards the end of the season. He gets right into it.

“He’s not a bad player and says I’m only the player I am because of him being the bigger brother.

“He’s a striker and he used to kick me about the park. If you ask my mum when I ran past him he used to boot me.

“I played with him and his mates and they used to try to kick me. I was the annoying little brother that used to dribble past him.

“It was fun to wind them up, you get in arguments and fights, but it was all fun.

“Adam plays for an amateur team, Barnes Eagles, not far from where I lived. Whenever I get down I go and watch him play.”

When asked once again about his future, Roberts replied: “Could I stay? It’s hard. I have said a few times now that in football you don’t know what is going to happen.
“I take it day by day and we’ll see how it goes. But any player will tell you that to get this much love in football is hard to come by these days.

“I adore the supporters here. I appreciate what they have done for me and it makes me play better for them.

“The admiration they have given me means I just want to play well for them and make them happy on Saturday.”

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