‘Unique’ Roberts and ‘decisive’ Rogic the creative solutions for Celtic in run-in, says Chris Davies

CHRIS DAVIES on the return of the ‘unique’ Paddy Roberts and the ‘decisive’ Tom Rogic

“Pat’s a unique player because he can do things that very few players can. His ability to play one-v-one in small spaces is second to none really. He can go past people and manipulate the ball very well. He’s very unpredictable for defenders to play against and in that one-v-one duel he’s very, very good.

“That becomes really important for the big teams because often you’re facing compact defences with lots of players behind the ball and you’re looking to break that block down. That’s where Patrick really comes into his own. He’s a good finisher and has a last pass that can set-up a goal. He’s a real valuable player in the final third and it will be really significant for us to have him back for the remaining games in the season.

“Pat’s been out for a long time and even in the cameo role he had on Sunday, he hit the bar when he came inside. Even in those moments you could see the threat he carried. Unfortunately, we couldn’t find that opening.

“Tom Rogic is a similar player, he can unlock a defence and can be decisive in the final third. These players can be invaluable, especially when you’re an attacking team that is often the protagonist in a match trying to take the game to an opponent. We need all our players like that to be on form and firing for the remainder of the season.”

Celtic’s Assistant Manager was speaking to the Celtic View, the new edition is out now.

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