New Kilmarnock winger Callum Roberts insists he is willing to miss his dad’s wedding to ensure he has his own big day at Celtic Park.
The 19-year-old admits he already has his eye on the April 8 encounter away to Brendan Rodgers’ Hoops after moving to Rugby Park on loan until the end of the season on Monday along with Newcastle United team-mates Freddie Woodman and Sean Longstaff.
Roberts, who made his United debut as a substitute in the FA Cup defeat to Leicester City in January 2015, has revealed that date clashes with his father’s wedding but the player insists there is no chance he will turn down the chance of playing at the 60,000 capacity stadium.
Speaking to nufc.co.uk, Roberts, who netted in Wednesday’s 1-1 friendly draw against Gateshead, said: “I’m looking forward to those two games (against Celtic and Rangers).
“It’s actually my dad’s wedding day when it’s Celtic away, so I’ve told him I’m missing it.
“But that’ll be one of the biggest games of the season, and I can’t miss that.
“I just want to play well up there and catch some eyes to hopefully go out on loan again next season.
“I’ve set myself a goal of getting more than five goals and a few assists while I’m at Kilmarnock. If I can get more than that it’s great, but if I can get that, I’d be pretty pleased.”
Roberts spent a brief spell on loan at non-league side Gateshead during the 2014/15 campaign but is adamant that he is ready for the challenge for trying to help Lee Clark’s side move away from Premiership relegation trouble.
He added: “I feel a lot fitter and stronger now than what I did when I went on loan last time, so I think I’m ready for this one.
“Hopefully it can be more successful than the other one.
“It’s going to be totally different, going up there and playing in the Scottish Premiership. It should be a good experience for me, and I’m looking forward to that.”