Mark Fotheringham explains his first thought after seeing Patrick Roberts play

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Mark Fotheringham has reflected on his time at Fulham alongside new Celtic signing Patrick Roberts.

Former Celtic midfielder Mark Fotheringham has told the Daily Record that  Stuart Armstrong and Gary Mackay-Steven 'aren't on the same planet' as new Bhoys signing Patrick Roberts.

Celtic used their strong relationship with Premier League giants Manchester City to snap up teenager Roberts on an 18-month loan, following on from deals between the two clubs for Jason Denayer, John Guidetti and Dedryck Boyata since Ronny Deila's arrival as Bhoys manager in the summer of 2014.

18-year-old winger Roberts only signed for City last summer having starred for Fulham in the Championship, but having been snapped up as one for the future, it's no surprise that he's struggled for first-team football at the Etihad Stadium this season.

Now though, Roberts has the chance to shine in Scotland, even though he may be held back until he adjusts to life north of the border, having so far been restricted to Under-20's football at Celtic.

One player well placed to talk about Roberts and Celtic is Livingston veteran Mark Fotheringham. The 32-year-old started his career at Celtic and played alongside Roberts at Fulham - and it's fair to say he's a fan of the teenage wing sensation.

Fotheringham has told the Daily Record that he though Roberts was 'special' when he first saw him play, and believes he is considerably better than Celtic duo Stuart Armstrong and Gary Mackay-Steven, two players Roberts will be competing with in Glasgow.

"In his first game for Fulham, he came on against Ipswich live on Sky and tore them to shreds for 20 minutes. We were all looking at him, thinking ‘Wow, this boy is special’," said Fotheringham. "We knew he was highly rated because he’d won the Euro U17s with England. Patty is different to any other young player I’ve played with in my career."

"[Scottish defences] won’t be able to handle him. He’s too quick and dynamic. He’s got everything as an attacking midfield player. And the scary thing is, he’s still just a kid. Patty should be starting games at Celtic now. With all due respect, boys like Stuart Armstrong and Gary Mackay-Steven aren’t on the same planet as this kid," he added.

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