MANCHESTER CITY left-back Gael Clichy praised Patrick Roberts after a torrid evening against the on-loan Celtic winger.
The 19-year-old attacker completed an excellent performance by scoring against his parent club in the 1-1 draw at the Etihad.
And Roberts, who joined the Hoops on an 18-month temporary deal in January, was unlucky not to earn Brendan Rodgers’ side a first-half penalty-kick against the panic-stricken French defender.
Clichy said: “Patrick Roberts is a quality player and we are happy he is doing well on loan.
“It was a good game, we are through and can look forward to the next game.
“We haven’t been lucky in the last few games with refereeing decisions, but perhaps on this occasion we were.
“However, a team like us should expect to win more than two games in the group.”
Clichy appeared to hold back Roberts as he raced into the box just before the interval.
The incident took place right in front of the goalside assistant, but neither he nor Slovenia referee Slavko Vincic thought it was worthy of a spot-kick and waved away the claims.
A furious Mikael Lustig was booked for protesting.
Roberts said: “I thought it was a penalty and a couple of the lads did, as well, but that’s football.”