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Friday 15 December 2017

Roberts: Wrath of fans is deserved

Patrick Roberts (l) in action Photo: Reuters
Patrick Roberts (l) in action Photo: Reuters

Patrick Roberts could understand why the Celtic fans reacted angrily following their goalless draw with Dundee - because he has done the same himself.

The on-loan Manchester City winger's first start ended in a crescendo of jeers at Celtic Park on Wednesday after the home side saw their lead over Aberdeen at the top of the Ladbrokes Premiership cut to four points following a second consecutive draw.

"It's not what you need," Roberts said. "At any club you don't like hearing boos in the stadium. But you can feel their frustration.

"We see it on the pitch ourselves, we are annoyed ourselves. It was a devastating draw so we have to pick ourselves up."

The 19-year-old is confident he will rise above the negativity ahead of tomorrow's William Hill Scottish Cup clash with Morton at Parkhead. "Personally it doesn't affect me, I try to stick to my job and do what I'm there to do," he said.

"I get as frustrated as anyone, I'm like a fan on the pitch. I get angry at myself and I get angry when we're not winning. It's just how I am.

"I've been sat in the stands a few times myself watching games and got angry with players on the pitch. So I can sense their frustration."

Former Celtic winger Joe Miller this week claimed players were not giving their all for under-fire manager Ronny Deila but Roberts insists there is full commitment. "Every player is giving 100 per cent, you can see that in training and they try to bring that to games," he said. "Obviously it's not paying off at the moment, but everyone is giving 100 per cent in games."

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