Roberts delivers verdict on Sinclair miss in Celtic draw v Motherwell
Celtic winger Patrick Roberts has defended his fellow attacker Scott Sinclair after the Englishman blew a golden chance to score the winning goal for the Hoops v Motherwell.
With the game in the dying seconds, Sinclair broke through on goal but instead of passing to the unmarked Roberts who had a tap-in he elected to go for goal, but Motherwell defender Richard Tait blocked his shot and the game ended goalless.
However, Roberts hasn’t blame Sinclair for his late error, insisting that he would have gone for goal in that situation as well.
“I think in his mind Scott thought he could score and if I was in the same situation I’d have gone for goal as well,” Sinclair said, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.
“I think the defender’s impeded him a little bit, but if he squares it I’ve got a tap-in. But, like I say, I’d have taken the shot if I was through on goal.”
Roberts made his first appearance for the Hoops in almost four months as a second-half substitute against Motherwell and he almost provided a late winner with a shot that crashed against the bar prior to Sinclair’miss.
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It is understandable that Roberts will look to defend a team-mate but it really was a very silly and costly mistake by Sinclair. There was no excuse for him not to pass, but instead he elected to pass and it wasn’t that much of a shock that the player who is low on confidence missed the opportunity. On the plus side for the Hoops they will be delighted to have Roberts back, as he is a player who can add an extra dimension to a team which has struggled to get going at times this season, which was shown in the match against Motherwell where Brendan Rodgers’ side struggled to create that many chances against a team who played with 10 men for 50 minutes.
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