PADDY ROBERTS hopes to hit the ground running on his comeback from injury after rejoining his Celtic team-mates in Dubai.
The on-loan Manchester City winger has been out since the end of November with a hamstring injury.
But after weeks of building up his fitness in the gym, he has finally started running again during the winter break.
And the 21-year-old raider plans to push on with his rehab before helping Brendan Rodgers ‘ side in their bid for back-to-back Trebles.
Roberts said: “It has been good to be outside running. That was the main objective – to get back running while I was out here. I’ve been working hard in the gym over the past five or six weeks.
“I want to finish the season strongly. I finished it quite well last year, so that’s the main objective again.
“I’ve had a tough season with injuries and it’s about getting right and finishing as strongly as I can.
“We want to get as many points as we can and win as many trophies as we can.”
The Englishman added: “The fans have been great. They’ve been top-class as usual and have been supporting me right from when I got my injury.
“It’s been frustrating for me, obviously, but also for them because they want to see me play as much as I want to play.”
* Roberts was talking to Celtic TV.
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