PATRICK ROBERTS has three months left on his Celtic loan contract before he is due to return to Manchester City.
If this is to be his last hurrah at the Hoops, the 21-year-old winger wants to bow out in style as Brendan Rodgers’ men zoom in on an unprecedented second successive treble.
Fans’ favourite Roberts, who has seen his campaign blighted by a three-month lay-off with a hamstring injury, is eager to play his part in the crucial silverware run-in.
He said: “Some of the lads coming back might need rested and that gives me a chance to start and get some more game-time in.
“Going away with your country is always good, but at the same time it can be tiring with all the travel.
“Myself and some of the other boys are coming back from injuries now while others have played a huge number of games, so it’s good timing for the team.
“As the end of the season approaches, a lot of the boys will be tired, especially boys like Kieran Tierney and Scott Brown who have played an incredible number of games.
“They’ve played nearly every game this season. That can fatigue you a lot, but credit to them and the staff here because they’re sharp and getting the job done each week.”
Roberts made his first team return as a second-half substitute in the scoreless stalemate against Motherwell at Fir Park earlier this month.
He is hoping to get the nod from Rodgers to start against Ross County when the Highlanders arrive at Parkhead on Saturday.
The England Under-21 ace added: “I feel I can jump straight back into the action for our next game.”
* Roberts was speaking to the Celtic View, on sale now.
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