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2nd Dec, 2017 | 5:15pm

Celtic handed shattering blow as key star ruled out until 2018

Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers has revealed that Patrick Roberts is going to be out of action for three months.

As reported by BBC Scotland’s Chris McLaughlin’s Twitter account, Rodgers has disclosed that the on-loan winger has returned to his club Manchester City for treatment on his hamstring injury.

The injury will put the player out until February at least, meaning he will miss Celtic’s final Champions League encounter with Anderlecht and their league matches this month with Aberdeen and Rangers.

Roberts was one of Celtic’s star man last season, but this season he has been plagued with injuries and has lost his place in the team to James Forrest.

Football Insider verdictLast season this would have an absolute catastrophe for Celtic, as Roberts was in superb form, particularly in the last few months of the season. While the injury is still a blow to the team and the player in particular, the recent excellent form of James Forrest should cushion the blow. Forrest had displaced Roberts in the team and had restricted the on-loan Manchester City player to substitute appearances, such in last week’s Betfred Cup Final. Roberts would have been useful in a game like today’s for Celtic, and he had the knack of playing well against Rangers, but the Hoops will just have  to keep going without him.

In other Celtic news, supporters aren’t happy with the team selected by Brendan Rodgers against Motherwell today

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