Patrick Roberts responds to Joey Barton claims about Celtic
By James Black
Patrick Roberts believes pundits Tony Cascarino and Joey Barton ‘underestimate’ Celtic’s squad after they broke a century-old British record by going 63 consecutive domestic games undefeated.
Cascarino and Barton both had short-lived spells in Scotland – neither of which can be considered anything resembling a success – and suggested Celtic’s 63-game run is nothing to shout about.
Since taking charge of Celtic in June 2016, Brendan Rodgers has yet to taste defeat domestically and on-loan Manchester City winger Roberts believes it’s an “incredible” achievement to go undefeated so long.
“I think they underestimate the mentality we have in our squad,” Roberts said, as quoted by the Scottish Sun website.
“The fact we’ve gone that many games without being beaten is incredible.
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“If it was easy the record wouldn’t have stood for 100 years.
“Hopefully we can continue it for longer.”
Roberts has been a key player in the Glasgow giants’ success over his two loan spells from Man City as the Hoops romped to a domestic treble last season.
Roberts has been out of action since suffering a hamstring injury but hopes to return once the international break is over – after missing the Champions League clash with Bayern Munich.
Brendan Rodgers’ side currently sit top of the Scottish Premiership – three points ahead of Aberdeen – and face a Scottish League Cup final against Motherwell later this month as they look to replicate last season’s successes.
The Scottish champions are also on the brink of securing European football after Christmas for the first time in five years.
The Hoops return to domestic action after the international break on November 18th when they travel to Digwall to take on Owen Coyle’s resurgent Ross County.
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