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Celtic comes first for Man City loanee Roberts

On-loan Celtic winger Patrick Roberts has insisted that he holds no qualms with manager Brendan Rodgers for not playing him in the Champions League qualifier first-leg defeat against Lincoln Red Imps.

The 19-year-old winger, who is six months in to an 18-month loan from Manchester City, gave a Man of the Match performance as the Hoops defeated the Gibraltar side 3-0 in the second leg on Wednesday night.

After not playing last week, Roberts claimed that he is a team man and will always be available to help out his team, which he did with aplomb in helping the Bhyos move through to the third round of qualifying where they will take on Kazakhstan side Astana.

"I respect the manager — he's got to do what he needs to do for Celtic," said the 19-year-old.

"I will always be there, be happy and be wanting to play but obviously it's a team game and he has to do what's best for the team.

"I'm just happy with the result tonight. He has a lot of players to choose from but I'm always ready and waiting and always at him to play, but all I can do is all I can do.

"It can motivate you when you know you're starting (after missing out) but I've loved playing out there ever since I came here and I'll do my best whenever I get that chance.

"There was a feeling in general that there was a point to prove after last week.

"It was disappointing to lose away from home, although it was a tough place to go with the pitch and everything. But we should be winning games like that.

'Of course, we lost 1-0 so we had to come here and make it better. I think we did that."


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