Roberts hits back at claims Celtic players aren’t behind the manager

Patrick Roberts joined Celtic on loan from Manchester City in January.

On loan Celtic winger Patrick Roberts says the players are fully committed to playing for under-fire boss Ronny Deila and rubbished claims of discontent, Sky Sports report.

Following a second successive league draw, a number of supporters were angered by Celtic’s apparent lack of desire to beat Dundee in midweek and former player Joe Miller questioned whether the players were giving their all for boss Ronny Deila.

Responding to the criticism, Roberts said he understands the fans’ frustrations but adds rumours of any plot to oust Deila from his position are wide of the mark as the winger insists everyone is giving 100%.

"Every player is giving 100 per cent, you can see that in training and they try to bring that to games. Obviously it's not paying off at the moment, but everyone is giving 100 per cent in games,” he explained.

"The connection between us and the manager is great. There is no disconnect, we just obviously aren't doing it when it matters. We just need to perform to our maximum.”

Celtic’s lead at the top of the Scottish Premiership has been cut to just four points as Aberdeen close in on the Hoops following an impressive run of form of five wins in their last seven matches.

The Hoops are still sure-fire favourites to land the title, yet many supporters expected more from them this season both on the domestic front and in European competition.

Celtic host Greenock in the quarter-final of the Scottish Cup on Sunday before resuming league action with a tricky trip to an ever-improving Partick Thistle the following weekend.

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