Celtic fans urge Rodgers to start 20-year-old against Rangers
By Amir Mir
Celtic take on their bitter rivals Rangers on Sunday afternoon at Parkhead – and fans on Twitter want Patrick Roberts to start the encounter.
The 20-year-old, who is on loan from English Premier League side Manchester City, has won a lot of plaudits for his style of play since his arrival in January 2016.
During the previous three occasions the Bhoys have played Rangers, Roberts has been on the bench for all three encounters playing only 48 minutes of football.
Nonetheless, the Celtic faithful have now urged their manager Brendan Rodgers to start the highly-rated youngster at the weekend.
Rodgers side have the opportunity to secure their fourth win against the Gers this term and pile more misery on the managerless club.
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One fan stated that whether or not James Forrest is fit for the clash on Sunday, Roberts should start the encounter.
Furthermore, another supporter agreed with those comments and believes the England under-21 international should start ahead of Forrest and Gary Mackay-Steven.
Overall, the Celtic fans were in agreement that they would like to see Roberts’ name in the starting line-up.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
Patrick Roberts better start on Sunday
— Adam Kilna ???? (@adamkilna88) March 10, 2017
I hope so too! But also GMS could win back the fans with one great performance?
— Captain Mediocre (@KiNGGeexD) March 10, 2017
Patrick Roberts has to play on Sunday regardless of Forrest being fit or not ????
— Chris ???? (@ChrisBean90) March 10, 2017
Thought Patrick Roberts would start on Sunday, looks like Forrest is fit though. He went missing against Rangers on Hogmanay.
— Paul McTaggart (@PHM_77) March 10, 2017
Patrick Roberts for me should be starting in Sunday ahead of James Forrest and GMS.
— 64 and counting! ???? (@cfcss85) March 9, 2017
— Glasgowbhoy1 (@DarrenMasson) March 10, 2017
— McCaff84 (@MccaffreyAodhan) March 9, 2017
— Darren Robinson (@Dazrobbo1888) March 9, 2017
Gordon, Lustig, Boyata, Erik, Tierney, Broony, Bitton, Roberts, Armstrong, Sinclair, Dembele. Line up for Sunday.
— Talk Celtic (@TalkCelticnet) March 10, 2017
Roberts has played 34 games in all competitions this season, scoring five goals and supplying 11 assists during that time.
Furthermore, he has started 11 matches in the SPL, where he has netted on three occasions, providing 11 assists along the way.
Roberts last found the back of the net in the league when he scored during the 4-0 thumping of Hearts in January.
In other Celtic team news, Stan Collymore has delivered his verdict on the Old Firm showdown on Sunday.