Patrick Roberts will either go down as a prophet, or a fool, after the Celtic loanee (from Manchester City) this weekend issued something of a warning to Paris Saint-Germain.
The 20-year-old says the defending Scottish Premiership champions “shouldn’t be underestimated” by the oil-rich Ligue 1 giants, and pretty well outlined his side’s gameplan for Tuesday’s UEFA Champions League Group B opener.
Roberts, speaking after Celtic’s 4-1 over Hamilton on Friday, stopped short of predicting an upset, but spoke openly of his own belief and confidence — quotes from the Daily Mail:
“Obviously the Scottish Premiership isn’t the same as their league. It is a bit underestimated. But we know the quality we have in this team. On our day, we can kill teams off.
“The first game is at Celtic Park, too, which is important for us. If we can get the fans behind us, then we can hurt them with our counter-attacks — and with our speed.
“We have some real firepower with the new lad coming in (Odsonne Edouard) and Leigh Griffiths. ‘We shouldn’t be underestimated.'”
It wouldn’t be the first time Celtic have turned over a heavily-favored giant at Celtic Park in recent years — they famously knocked off Barcelona at home during the 2012-13 group stage — but it’s worth considering that no side in Europe has more to prove than PSG in the Champions League this season. Between last season’s collapse against Barcelona, to the arrivals of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe, the spotlight — and pressure — are on PSG like never before.