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Celtic star Roberts relieved to escape injury in clash

 

By Andy Newport

Celtic winger Patrick Roberts admits he is relieved he did not sustain serious damage after Andy Halliday's wild lunge. The on-loan Manchester City player was lucky to escape uninjured after Rangers midfielder Halliday launched himself at his opponent just three minutes into Sunday's Scottish Cup semi-final at Hampden.

Referee Willie Collum showed Halliday mercy by only producing a yellow card but he could have had no complaints had it been red.

And Roberts confessed he was just glad he was able to walk away from the horror challenge.

Asked if he felt Halliday should have been dismissed, Roberts replied: "Looking back, Scott Brown did (a similar tackle against Ross County last week and was sent off) but I don't know.

"It was a bad tackle. I've seen it back again and it was a terrible tackle. I'm just thankful I didn't get hurt."

Having survived that early scare Roberts went on to play a crucial role in the Hoops' 2-0 win, which booked them a May 27 final with Aberdeen. They now travel to Ibrox on Saturday in the league.

The victory had all the more meaning for Roberts 12 months on from losing to the Ibrox club at the same stage last year.

His empty-net miss cost Celtic dear as Rangers went on to win on penalties but Roberts feels he has now had the last laugh.

"It was a real low last year, especially with me missing that chance and us going on to lose the game," he said. "But we picked ourselves up and this year we've been phenomenal.

"To top it all off with a Scottish Cup win would be brilliant, so we're looking forward to the final."

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