04 Mar Aberdeen pressure could be affecting Celtic, admits Roberts
By Craig Turnbull
Celtic attacker Patrick Roberts admits the pressure from Aberdeen could be affecting to them after their lead at the top was cut to just four points.
Roberts, on loan from Manchester City, insisted though that he sees enough in the side to stave off the challenge from the Dons and win a fifth successive league title.
Performances in recent weeks against the likes of Hamilton and Dundee haven’t been up to the standard expected by Hoops fans, leading many to question whether boss Ronny Deila is still the man to take the club forward.
Roberts believes the only way to get the fans back on side is to win a league and cup double.
Asked what he put the drop in performances down to, he said: “I don’t know maybe it’s the pressure from Aberdeen behind us, maybe we’re not playing to our potential. We need to get back to how we are playing earlier in the season.
“The title could slip away if we keep performing the way we do. It’s close enough as it is but we’re confident in ourselves to get the job the done.
“We are all good players and at a big club like Celtic we should be winning games comfortably the boys know that.
“It’s not that we can’t do it, we can. The league is tight but it’s easily doable. The league and cup double is a must.”
Roberts, who made his first start for the club against Dundee, insisted he understands the fans’ frustrations at recent displays.
“You don’t want hear boos in the stadium at any club. You can feel the frustration, you can see that on the pitch ourselves. We know why they are annoyed and we are annoyed at ourselves as well. It was a devastating draw and we need to pick ourselves up.
He added: “I get frustrated just like anyone. I’m like a fan on the pitch, playing football I get angry at myself.
“I get angry that we aren’t winning it’s just how I am. I’ve sat in the stands watching games and get angry at the players on the pitch so I can sense their frustration.”
Celtic face a potentially difficult encounter against Morton in the Scottish Cup this weekend.
“They can be dangerous. They beat Hibernian the other day 3-0,” Roberts said.
“Whoever you face you’ve got to win and have that right mentality. We will try to produce a convincing performance so it’s how we react to the draw. We need to get back together and put a performance in on Sunday.”