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‘WE CAN BE PROUD OF OURSELVES,’ ROBERTS

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PATRICK ROBERTS, who scored against parent club Manchester City in Celtic’s 1-1 Champions League draw at the Etihad last night, insisted Brendan Rodgers’ men should have won.
The 19-year-old winger, who impressed City boss Pep Guardiola with his performance, saw the Hoops complete Group C without a win and out of Europe for the remainder of the season.
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However, he believed the game-on-game improvement by the team is an overwhelming positive to take from the campaign.

Roberts said: “It was good, a very positive performance. I know it’s only a point, but I thought we were unlucky not to get more.

“We gave a good account of ourselves in the group. We were disappointed after Monchengladbach away that we didn’t get the win there late on and on this occasion we’ve not managed to get a win, either.

“It’s frustrating, but we’ll learn and get better. Next season, Celtic will be much better equipped for the teams we play.

“It was a tough, tough group. We knew that from the start. We had to play our own way and try and get the best results possible.

“I think we have done ourselves proud in the group. We’ve finished with a really strong performance which is pleasing.

“Everyone wrote us off in the group, but we’ve shown our character against City at home and Gladbach away and here again.

“We’ve had a good group stage without winning a game, but it’s an extremely tough group. It’s the best tournament in football and we’ve done ourselves proud. We’ll be well equipped for next season.”

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A £12million signing from Fulham in July 2015, Roberts expects to return to City next June.

And he feels he left an indelible mark on the club which agreed to him spending 18 months developing his skills in Scotland.

He said: “I’ve signed for Celtic for the season, so I’m trying to do my best for the team I’m playing for and always give 100 per cent.

“Every time I get on the pitch, that’s all I want to do. I don’t think about anything else, just my personal performance and the team I’m playing for.

“Whenever I get the chance to play, I try to do that and get goals and assists.”

Roberts also felt he should have had a penalty when Gael Clichy pulled him back in the box. Mikael Lustig was then booked for dissent after he took issue with the decision.

‘He added: “Yes, I thought it was a penalty and a couple of the lads did, as well, but that’s football.

“Sometimes those decisions don’t go for you, but you have to keep your head up and go again.
“At the end, Pep said well done and keep it up for the rest of the season, which was nice of him.”
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