Celtic Winger Targets Treble Next Season
9 May 2016, 07:20
Patrick Roberts grabbed a delightful double in a 3-2 win over Aberdeen at Parkhead on Sunday to clinch Celtic's fifth successive Ladbrokes Premiership title then targeted a domestic treble and Champions League football next season.
The 19-year-old winger, on an 18-month loan deal from Manchester City, fired the Hoops ahead with a wonderful 25-yard strike in the seventh minute then curled in a second before right-back Mikael Lustig added a third just after the break.
It looked like being a stroll for Ronny Deila's side before goals from former Celt Niall McGinn and defender Andrew Considine made it a nervy finish but the home side held out for the three points which confirmed their status again as Scottish champions.
Roberts, who took his goal tally since arriving at Celtic at the beginning of February to five, set the bar higher after a season in which the Parkhead side failed in both domestic cup competitions before completing a disastrous Europa League campaign after failing to reach European football's elite club competition.
He said: "You don't want to go backwards so I have full intentions of going for the treble next year. So that should be interesting.
"I always wanted to get into the Champions League, it is a big ambition of mine and Celtic haven't been in it for the last few years so to get into it would be great and for me it would be unbelievable.
"I am hoping for it to be a good season next season.''
However, the former Fulham player knows his open goal miss against Rangers in last month's William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final at Hampden Park - which the Ibrox club won on penalties - will take a lot of living down.
He said: "Not a lot of people forget that and I don't forget that.
"I always try to make up for it and I know it will be hard because it is one of the biggest rivalries in the UK but I am also looking to do so.
"I love scoring goals, the feeling is unbelievable, once you get that feeling you don't want it to stop.''
Dons boss Derek McInnes, whose side will finish second this season, said of the defeat: "I think it has parallels to our league campaign.
"We let them know we were there and they had a fight but ultimately we just fell a bit short.''