Attacker must snub January offers: Three things we learned about Celtic in defeat to Manchester City
By Editor Wayne Veysey
Football Insider analyses the three talking points as Celtic drew 1-1 against Manchester City in the Champions League on Tuesday night.
Roberts can destroy elite teams
As Patrick Roberts weaved in from the right flank four minutes into an enthralling encounter, bypassing off-balance defenders before slamming a shot into the net, it was hard to avoid the impression that here was a mini-Messi with the potential to be a worldbeater in the years to come. Some will point out that the 19-year-old, who is midway through an 18-month loan from Manchester City, was up against a weakened team with nothing to play for. That is true. But Roberts mesmerised with his touch and trickery, and his direct opponent Gael Clichy is hardly a naive rookie. The winger provided further evidence that he can destroy elite clubs.
Celtic are too good for Scotland
Brendan Rodgers is yet to be beaten in a domestic match since joining the Scottish champions in the summer. The former Liverpool manager has already won a domestic trophy and has guided his team to 12 out of 13 games in the Premiership and they are eight points clear of second-placed Rangers with three games in hand. Celtic have virtually wrapped up the league before we have even opened our Christmas presents. The challenge for Rodgers’ players is to stay unbeaten this season. But where is the challenge against Scottish opposition? The champions are just too good.
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Dembele should snub January offers
Moussa Dembele has proved on Europe’s biggest stage this season that he is good enough to play in the Champions League for the next decade. His performances and goals for Celtic have not only elbowed aside former golden boy Leigh Griffiths but also prompted a stampede from scouts of Europe’s biggest clubs to Parkhead. Yet Dembele should avoid the temptation of pushing for a January move to a more glamorous league. The blue-chip attacker has benefitted enormously from playing every match and being given the opportunity to learn the centre-forward craft.