As expected with the latest developments over the last few weeks, Patrick Roberts is officially back at Celtic FC on a season-long loan from Manchester City, the two clubs announced on Monday. Roberts will wear the number 7 shirt, which is an iconic number at Celtic and was worn by club legends Jimmy Johnstone and Henrik Larsson.
Roberts spoke to Celtic’s official website after re-joining the club, and he discussed returning to Scotland, the manager Brendan Rodgers, the amazing Celtic fans, wearing the iconic number 7 and the Champions League group that includes PSG and Bayern Munich coming to the Paradise at Celtic Park.
“All the support and love I have been getting has been brilliant. I love it here and to be back is great and I’m thankful to be finally here.
“We had a good end to the season, which obviously helped, and playing for these great fans was also a factor coming back. It’s great to be back and I can’t wait to get going again.
“The manager has been brilliant with me. He obviously wanted me back and so did Celtic. I had a decision to make after pre-season and when that came around Brendan Rodgers was obviously a huge factor in that. He is a top manager. I worked under him all of last year and I believe I can develop under him even more and become a better player.
“It’s a massive honor to wear this iconic Celtic number. I know some of the great players who have worn it in the past and I will wear it with pride.
“I watched it in Manchester with all the lads there, but I had an eye on Celtic to see who they got.
It’s a hard draw but it’s good, and it’s where I strive to play in, while we know what this club can bring to the Champions League. I haven’t seen the Celtic lads yet but I’m sure they will all be looking forward to it and will be raring to go when it gets underway.
“Celtic Park was rocking last year in the Champions League and I’m sure it will be the exact same this year. I would love to be out there playing for the fans in that environment and entertaining them.”
Good luck at Celtic, Roberts! It’s weird that they call you “Paddy”, though.