Former manager Neil Lennon hailed Celtic’s on-loan star Patrick Roberts as Messi-esque following his wonderful dinked finish in the 3-1 win over Hearts, the Scottish Sun report.
The Scottish Premiership league leaders had to do it the hard way against Hearts at the weekend as they came back from an early goal conceded to claim all three points at Celtic Park.
Hearts were stubborn in defence and compact out of possession, meaning there were little gaps for the Hoops to exploit and the their way of breaking the visitors down relied on individual talent.
Luckily for Ronny Deila, Manchester City’s Patrick Roberts was on hand to show exactly what he can do and his first of his two goals had Lennon out of his seat and singing his praises.
“It was a brilliant finish, absolute top class, Messi-esque. A lovely disguise on the pass and what a brilliant finish, that was the real turning point in the game,” the former Celtic manager was quoted as saying by the Scottish Sun.
Roberts, a former Fulham academy product, joined Celtic on an 18-month loan deal from Manchester City during the January transfer window to widespread fan expectation.
It has been a slow start for the 19-year-old, yet after making his first start for the club against Dundee in early March, the talented midfielder has impressed and will only get better in time.
Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi would have been proud to score a goal in the manner of Roberts against Hearts, with skill, balance and exquisiteness all on show.