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Roberts playing for his place, but Hoops come first

By Ronnie Esplin

Patrick Roberts stressed his team-first attitude as he looks to regain a regular place in Celtic's starting line-up. The 19-year-old winger, on loan from Manchester City, was a key figure at the end of last season under former manager Ronny Deila, finishing with four goals in his last four games, but under Brendan Rodgers has been used mostly from the bench.

However, he started in the 3-0 Betfred Cup final win over Aberdeen at Hampden Park last weekend after Scott Sinclair pulled out with a hamstring problem - which also keeps the former Aston Villa forward out of the Ladbrokes Premiership game against Motherwell today.

Roberts hopes to be asked to contribute from the start at Fir Park but accepts his ambitions come second to those of the team.

He said: "It is a massive squad, a collective. Obviously Scotty was injured and I just try to play my best every time I get the opportunity.

"It can be (frustrating). I was playing in every game towards the back end of last season and was doing well and scoring goals. It was enjoyable.

"Now obviously I am not getting much game time but it is all about the team and when I play I have to do the best I can for the team.

"Of course it is all about playing games but it is also about the best for the team.

"The manager picks the team at the end of the day so I have to stick in there."

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