Former Celtic defender Mark Wilson tips Patrick Roberts to have a big say in Old Firm semi-final


The Hoops meet Rangers at Hampden Park on Sunday to decide who will reach the Scottish Cup final.

Former Celtic defender Mark Wilson believes that Patrick Roberts could end up having a big influence on the Hoops' Scottish Cup semi-final clash with Rangers on Sunday, Sky Sports reports.

The 19-year-old has been hugely impressive since moving to Parkhead on loan from Manchester City. And Wilson - who scored the only goal the last time these two sides met in this competition, back in 2011 - suggested that, if selected, the exciting winger could have a major impact on the result.

"It'll be interesting to see if he plays Patrick Roberts, I think he might have a big say. He's been impressive in recent weeks and he might pose a threat for Rangers, but Deila's got that many good players, it's difficult to pick an eleven," he told Sky Sports.

The former Fulham youngster has taken little time to make an impression since he completed his move to the Scottish Premiership leaders.

He scored two excellently-taken goals during the 3-1 win over Hearts at the start of the month, and while he has not added to his tally since that game, he has generally giving opposing defenders a torrid time with his speed when the ball is at his feet and his trickery.

It was his skill that saw the Hoops win a penalty during their win over Motherwell in their most recent game. And while Leigh Griffiths was unable to convert the subsequent spot-kick, the incident would have surely caught Mark Warburton's eye.

And while Wilson is not sure whether Deila will actually pick him against the Gers, if the Norwegian is at all superstitious then he may struggle to leave him out as the Bhoys are yet to lose any of the games that Roberts has featured in.

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