Paddy Roberts eyes Premier League ‘bigger picture’

PADDY ROBERTS has been speaking to Sky Sports ahead of their broadcast to trophy day tomorrow when Celtic play Aberdeen in what will be the final home match for Roberts at Celtic Park during his second loan spell at the the club.

Sky asked Paddy about his plans for next season and he has indicated that he is likely to be playing in England. Is that because that is where he sees himself playing or is he simply not presuming that a deal will be done with Manchester City to keep him at the club. That would now seem to be a little more unlikely, sadly.

Paddy has had a frustrating season due to injury and the form of James Forrest has also limited his appearances since returning from his second hamstring pull of the season. He was given a rare start the other night against Kilmarnock but as Celtic were short up top, Paddy ended up playing as the striker and that too was frustrating for the the player.

Everyone in the Celtic support though, knows what Paddy brings to the side and hopefully Celtic will not have had second thoughts on going back to Manchester City to seek a permanent transfer deal, which would mean spending £10million on the player.

Anyway here’s what Paddy has been saying to Sky Sports News about Celtic and his future: “I’ve enjoyed my football and everyone knows that. But you also have to look at the bigger picture and I have certain ambitions in my head and places that I want to be.

“To get there I need to come out of my comfort zone and try to reach those targets, but playing for Celtic has been a dream come true and I’ve enjoyed every minute.”

Asked about making his mark in the Premier League, Paddy replied:

“Hopefully, that’s the main aim. Being an English player and having come through the system in the Premier League… is to play for a top club in the Premier League.

“I’m at one now with Manchester City and they’re doing well but you’ve got to look at yourself, and what’s best for you, and try to pick the best option possible.

“When the time comes we’ll see. I’ll enjoy the summer and the rest of this season and when it comes to July, kick on from there.”


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