After three months on the sidelines, Patrick Roberts is finally returning to full fitness and was given an hour of playing time with Celtic’s development squad on Friday.
As reported by The Daily Record, Roberts appeared alongside Tommy McIntyre’s young hoops as they defeated Patrick Thistle 1-0 in the development league.
The English winger last appeared for Celtic in the draw at Fir Park way back in November but has now recovered from a hamstring problem that has plagued him since his return to Glasgow in the summer.
After a very successful initial 18-month loan spell, injuries have prevented Roberts finding his best form and limited him to just 12 appearances this campaign.
I finished [the season] quite well last year, so that’s the main objective again. I’ve had a tough season with injuries and it’s about getting right and finishing as strongly as I can.
Celtic fans will be desperate to see the 21-year-old back in action with his dribbling and creativity that the Scottish Champions have been lacking, with just one goal in the last three games.
Celtic’s recent cycle of European exploits has been underwhelming to say the least.
The Hoops either don’t get through the qualification period or they exit competitions with a bit of a whimper.
After qualifying for the Champions League this year, Celtic won just two of their eight matches in Europe (six in the Champions League, two in the Europa League).
Whilst domestic success is fantastic for Celtic, their next step has to be to make a serious mark in Europe as, at the moment, the Hoops are seen by many as a bit an afterthought on the continent.
A club the size of Celtic should be competing in Europe, but something, or some things, are holding them back.
I’ve taken a look at four things that Celtic should do if they want to become a side who can compete in European competition every season.
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