PATRICK ROBERTS has admitted he will put personal glory to the side as Celtic chase the domestic treble.
The on-loan Manchester City winger could face Motherwell at Fir Park tomorrow while the injured Scott Sinclair again sits it out again after missing Sunday’s 3-0 Betfred League Cup Final success over Aberdeen.
Roberts played against the Dons, but has failed to feature on a regular basis with the rejuvenated James Forrest, Man of the Match at Hampden, getting the nod from Brendan Rodgers.
Roberts, 19, who has started just 10 of the club’s 27 league and Cup fixtures, insisted he accepted the manager has a tough job as he rotates his squad.
He said: “Last season, towards the back end of the season, I was playing every game and doing well and scoring goals.
“But, although I haven’t had as much game-time this season, it’s all about the team and when I’m playing I have to do as well as I can for the team.
“When you’re brought in and called upon, you need to be ready. So, I just try to do my best in every opportunity I get and just try to take it.”
Roberts and indeed Celtic will have some important decisions to make over the coming months as the Manchester City player’s 18 months loan deal enters its final third.
For Paddy he’s got to decide if he is going to break into the Manchester City side and if not would he be better advised to stay at Celtic where he can experience Champions League football and challenge for domestic honours on an annual basis. Like many other current Celtic players, Roberts is enjoying the set up that has been created by Brendan Rodgers since his arrival at the club in May.
For Celtic they have to decide if they are prepared to pay the asking price for a player who isn’t a guaranteed first choice starter after he picked up an injury in a European qualifier at the start of the season. Scott Sinclair and James Forrest have earned the right to be regarded as first choice picks in the wide positions, if fit.
Best Roberts is an exciting player and Celtic fans just love watching him play when he is in the groove.
The person most likely to be at the centre of where Paddy is playing his football next season is most likely going to be Brendan Rodgers.
If he wants Roberts to stay Celtic will do all they can to make it happen.
Meanwhile Paddy has a chance in December to get some games under his belt and get back to the sensational form that we saw towards the end of last season.