Celtic winger Patrick Roberts has insisted that he is better prepared heading into Saturday's Old Firm derby against Rangers.

The 19-year-old, who joined the Hoops from Manchester City on a one-and-a-half-year loan deal in January, got his first taste of the high-voltage fixture last season when the Scottish giants faced each other in a Scottish Cup semi-final fixture.

Rangers won the contest on penalties after the scoreline remained 2-2, following the completion of extra time, with Roberts playing the full game at Hampden.

And the starlet, who has made just one Scottish Premiership appearance in the present campaign, explained that he learnt from his outing against Rangers last term and is hence better equipped to feature in the Old Firm derby at Celtic Park.

“I learnt from the last one, which was quite intense”, Roberts said in his pre-match press conference.


“It was my first so I learnt from that and I thoroughly enjoyed that.

“I can only improve every game, I learnt from that and I will go into this game even better than I was then.

“I never experienced that kind of an atmosphere before, my family didn’t experience that kind of an atmosphere before.

“You learn from the occasion and you learn what you should be doing next time.

“So, of course yes [I am better prepared this time].”

Roberts, who has represented England up to Under-20 level, has thus far made 17 appearances in all competitions for Celtic, scoring seven times and setting up four goals.