Celtic

By James Black

Celtic winger Patrick Roberts has enjoyed the best form of his career under Brendan Rodgers and he believes the Celtic boss isn’t too different from Pep Guardiola.

Roberts, 20, left City on loan six months before Guardiola was appointed Manchester City boss and got his first taste of working under the Spaniard when his initial 18-month loan deal at Parkhead ended.

Former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss Guardiola took Roberts to the United States as part of City’s squad during pre-season before Roberts re-joined Celtic on a season-long loan deal in August.

When asked how the two managers differed, Roberts admitted there were many similarities between the pair.

“They’re pretty similar,” Roberts said in a Q&A session with Celtic sponsor Dafabet when asked about Guardiola, which was posted on their official Youtube account.

“They’re experienced in world football and they’ve been about for ages and obviously they’re top quality managers so there’s not too much different.

“They both like playing football and they both like a style of football that teams and fans enjoy.

“For players like us, we can learn from them.

“There’s not much difference, they’re both top managers and good in their own way.”

Footballing royalty Guardiola has won a spectacular array of trophies across his managerial career with Barcelona and Bayern Munich while Rodgers’ biggest acheivement to date is last season’s undefeated domestic treble.

Roberts had a fantastic season last term, scoring 11 times and recording 19 assists in 47 games for the Hoops, as he helped Celtic to a domestic clean sweep.

The winger will be a likely starter for Rodgers’ side in Saturday’s Old Firm clash at Ibrox as they take on Rangers in the Scottish Premiership.

Celtic lead their bitter rivals by five points and are currently on a 56-game unbeaten run in domestic games.

In other Celtic news, there has been a major injury blow ahead of the Hoops’ upcoming big fixture.

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