By Alex Stevens
Patrick Roberts is the name on every Celtic fan’s lips after his stunning double inspired the team to a 3-1 win over Hearts on Saturday afternoon.
The on-loan Manchester City star produced two outstanding finishes to open his goal account for the Scottish champions and help them to a victory that extends their lead at the top of the Scottish Premiership to seven points ahead of Aberdeen facing Hamilton tomorrow.
Roberts, 19, had failed to score in his five previous Celtic appearances in what had been a difficult start to his 18-month Celtic spell.
But the teenage winger showed, first with a brilliant flicked finish over goalkeeper Neil Alexander with the outside of his left foot, and then with an angled drive from the edge of the box, why he was being eyed by all the elite Premier League clubs before he was prised by City from Fulham last summer.
Here is a selection of the posts on Twitter in the aftermath of his brilliant, two-goal display:
Was really impressed with Patrick Roberts today, not only for his goals which were sublime, his workrate & desire to run at people was great
— Inside The SPFL (@AgentScotland) April 2, 2016
Patrick Roberts v Lee Wallace should be the biggest mismatch since Mayweather V Hatton. ?
— DrJay™ (@AntonioPiccante) April 2, 2016
Patrick Roberts is gunna be some player in a few years
— Diego (@dannyy_bhoyy) April 2, 2016
Paddy Roberts is gonny break lee Wallace’s ankles without touching him
— 67 (@AndyMcGregor95) April 2, 2016
@patrick7roberts I’ve not seen a touch like that here since nakamura – superb – a pleasure to watch
— stephen jones (@stephenjones79) April 2, 2016
We’ve got a wee star in @patrick7roberts .. brilliant from him today!
— LD (@Lisa_D_x) April 2, 2016
That Patrick Roberts goal was very Messi-esque. Serious talent that lad.
— Damien Buckley (@DamoBuckley1) April 2, 2016
Patrick Roberts you’re basically Lionel Messi mate
— Celtic Faithful (@CelticFaithful_) April 2, 2016
In other Celtic news, Liverpool are eyeing a move for one of the team’s emerging stars.