Erik Sviatchenko hails Celtic team-mate Patrick Roberts

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Celtic defender Erik Sviatchenko lauded young team-mate Patrick Roberts following the club's Scottish Premiership win over Hearts.

Erik Sviatchenko has heralded his young Celtic team-mate Patrick Roberts for his two-goal heroics in Saturday's 3-1 win at home to Hearts, as quoted by the Daily Record.

Ronny Deila's side clasped one hand on the Scottish Premiership title by coming from behind to beat the Maroons and move seven points clear of second-placed Aberdeen in the process.

The 19-year-old played a major role in the victory, scoring the final two goals, either side of half time to break his goalscoring duck in senior football.

His first was particularly special as he lifted it over goalkeeper Neil Alexander with a Lionel Messi-type execution, and Sviatchenko is stunned by how talented his team-mate is despite his youth.

"Even though we were 1-0 behind after five minutes, which was a shock for everyone, we bounced back and won 3-1 and Patrick Roberts was amazing, performing like that on such a big stage despite being such a young player, while Gary Mackay-Steven got a good goal as well," he told Celtic's official site, via the Daily Record.


It was Roberts's first, but surely not last, real contribution to the Bhoys after signing an 18-month loan deal in February.


First-team starts had been limited prior to Saturday, but the Manchester City loanee, who has started two league games now, certainly gave manager Deila food for thought ahead of future outings.

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