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‘WE CAN STILL COMPETE AT HIGHEST LEVEL,’ INSISTS PADDY

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PADDY ROBERTS insists Celtic possess the quality to compete with Europe’s elite – despite the three-goal mauling from Bayern Munich last night.

The Hoops winger lasted 78 minutes before he was substituted by James Forrest with Brendan Rodgers’ side already trailing 3-0.

Roberts said: “This is where we will be judged as players, in these big games.

“A bit of magic from one of their players is all they need, but we’ve conceded three from crosses and we’ve got to do better.

“It’s very tough, you can see it’s tough. They’re world-class players, some of the best in the world.

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“However, we want to play in this competition and compete with them as much as we can.”

The on-loan Manchester City winger does not think confidence will have plummeted as the holders prepare for their Betfred League Cup crunch against Hibs at Hampden on Saturday.

He added: “We’ll put that to bed now and look forward to the semi-final.

“You can always learn. Football’s a learning game – you can learn from winning, you can learn from losing.

“We got beaten, but we got beaten by a good side.

“So, we have to take positives out of that and we’ve still got three Champions League games left.”

The Bundesliga giants visit Parkhead a week on Tuesday while rock-bottom Anderlecht have to play in Glasgow on December 5 in the last game in the group. Plenty of Celtic supporters will be thinking that it will be much tougher for Bayern in Glasgow and if you are in the glass half full camp that you can check the latest odds out here to see what the returns will be on what would be a famous Celtic win.

With Celtic the ‘fairytale’ is always possible!

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OUR SECOND CQN PODCAST this week, featuring interviews with ex-Celts Alan Stubbs and Chris Sutton, previewing the big games this week against Bayern Munich and Hibs at Hampden on Saturday.

Stubbs gives an insight into Liam Henderson as a player and talks about where his career should go from here.

Speaking on behalf of BT Sport, Alan Stubbs also spoke about his regret at leaving Hibs, and looks ahead to the League Cup semi-final between two of his former clubs.

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