Celtic fans react on Twitter to Patrick Roberts' performance; Messi comparison made

Patrick Roberts celebrates after scoring the third goal for Celtic

The on-loan Manchester City man starred as the Bhoys cruised to a 3-0 win against Lincoln Red Imps.

Celtic's Patrick Roberts applauds fans at the end of the match

Celtic's decision not to field Patrick Roberts in last week's Gibraltarian humiliation was made to look all the more bizarre by the winger's dazzling display in Tuesday's return leg.

Having already teed up Leigh Giffiths to put the Bhoys two up on the night and into an aggregate lead against Lincoln Red Imps, Roberts struck a sublime third to remove any doubt over his side's progression to the Champions League's third qualifying round.

Leigh Griffiths scores the second goal for CelticGriffiths smashes in Celtic's second

Cutting in off the right flank, the on-loan Manchester City man played a neat one-two with Callum McGregor and swept a left-foot strike into the far corner, to cap a run of three goals in twice as many first half minutes.

Patrick Roberts scores the third goal for CelticRoberts caps a fine Celtic

The Celtic supporters were left purring at Roberts' performance, with some going so far as to liken him to five time Ballon d'Or winner Lionel Messi.

However, if he scores more goals like that one, he may have to get used to that particular comparison - especially after Pep Guardiola's arrival at the 19-year-old's parent club.

Barcelona's Lionel Messi celebrates scoring his first goalMessi: The old Patrick Roberts?

Here's what was said on Twitter...

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