Patrick Roberts hits out at Andy Halliday after Celtic win against Rangers
By Amir Mir
Patrick Roberts has hit out at Andy Halliday for his “terrible tackle” during Celtic’s 2-0 win over Rangers in the Scottish Cup semi-final clash on Sunday afternoon.
Midfielder Halliday was lucky to avoid a red card early on in the game for his wild lunge on Roberts, which went unpunished by the referee.
Scott Brown made a similar tackle against Ross Country earlier on in the month, which saw the senior player receive a straight red card.
Versatile attacker Roberts compared Halliday’s tackle to Brown’s as he counted his lucky stars that he was not seriously injured.
“Looking back, Scott Brown did [a similar tackle against Ross County last week and was sent off] but I don’t know,” said Roberts, as quoted by Sky Sports.
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“It was a bad tackle. I’ve seen it back again and it was a terrible tackle. I’m just thankful I didn’t get hurt.”
It was a typical Old Firm derby at Parkhead, with Celtic progressing through to the final after Callum McGregor and Scott Sinclair scored on either side of the break.
There were a number of controversial incidents during the match as both rivals will meet once again next Saturday, this time for a Scottish Premiership clash at Ibrox.
Roberts is on loan from English Premier League side Manchester City, with his deal set to expire at the end of the season.
The former Fulham player has played 41 games in all conceptions, scoring seven goals added with his 15 assists.
There could be the possibility that Roberts comes up against Halliday once against next week if the duo are selected to start by their respective managers.