Paddy Roberts gets key role at Hampden

PADDY ROBERTS will start for Celtic on Sunday as Brendan Rodgers looks to the on loan Manchester City winger to exploit the weaknesses in the Rangers defence and take Celtic into the Scottish Cup Final.

Roberts got his first start since the November last weekend in the bore-fest at Hamilton. Celtic picked up the points and that was all that mattered, but there was a distinct lack of entertainment on offer as Rodgers himself admitted yesterday – read HERE.

But apart from the three points, which takes Celtic to within a win from securing the Magnificent Seven in a Row, the other positive from the Hamilton match was that Roberts got a start and that game time will set him up nicely for starting on Sunday.

Brendan Rodgers has yet to decide if Scotty Sinclair starts on the left or whether Player of the Year contender James Forrest moves over to the other side to accommodate Roberts in the team.

The Manchester City player will conclude his second loan spell at Celtic in May after the Scottish Cup Final IF we get there. He’ll be doing all he can on Sunday to make that happen.

And there’s no reason to believe that Roberts has had a change of heart in wanting to make the move to Celtic a permanent one. Celtic were prepared to pay a record breaking £10million fee last summer and hopefully will keep their nerve and their resolve to get Paddy signed.

He can help make up everyone’s minds all over again on Sunday…

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The Celtic Star founder and editor, who has edited numerous Celtic books over the past decade or so including several from Lisbon Lions, Willie Wallace, Tommy Gemmell and Jim Craig. Earliest Celtic memories include a win over East Fife at Celtic Park and the 4-1 League Cup loss to Partick Thistle as a 6 year old. Best game? Easy 4-2, 1979 when Ten Men Won the League. Email

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