Celtic winger Patrick Roberts has dismissed the carping about the club’s unbeaten run which currently stretches to 63 domestic games without defeat.

Joey Barton and Tony Cascarino tripped over themselves to knock down the run as Brendan Rodgers’ side eclipsed the previous record of 62 which had stood since 1917.

There was a certain irony in both players scorning a winning sequence of results however for Roberts the outside opinion holds little weight.

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“It it was easy it wouldn’t have stood for 100 years,” he said. “That’s how long it stood for but hopefully we can continue it for longer.

“I think they underestimate the mentality we have in our squad.

“The fact we’ve gone that many games without being beaten is incredible.

“I know they may talk about the league and all that but as players we don’t think about that.

“We have to play against who we play against. It’s a hard ask going into games and you’re losing.

“But we always find a way to fight back and win or get a draw. That’s something the manager has brought into us and it’s why we’ve gone so far.

“We just enjoy winning.”

Asked if Barton had won six games in a row, Roberts smiled: “Exactly and we’ve gone 63, It’s some ask but we did it and we’ll strive for more.”

The stats under Rodgers make for impressive reading, with Celtic winning 56 of the 63 games. On current evidence there appears to be few of a domestic persuasion who can come close to ending the run which shows little sign of abating.

“I just think that’s the opinions of players and we can’t do much about that. We’ve just got keep playing who we’ve got to play against and keep winning and getting results.

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“That’s all we can do.

“It is tough up here, especially for us as we’re playing against players who want to beat us and stop our run.

“So they will be giving their all and more to try to beat us but every game, and we’ve had about nine in a moth, we’ve still had the same mentality and go and win and we’ve keep getting results.

“It’s credit to us what we’re doing here and it’s good to be around.

“When you see us in the Champions League, against Bayern Munich the other day we were incredible. They are a top team in Europe and I know away to them we didn’t do well but at Celtic Park we were another level and I thought we were tremendous.

“Some teams down in England did see that and we’re not here just to make up the numbers, we’ve improved over the last year under the manager, we’ve come a long way and we’re still improving now. So it’s a good place to be.

“They are standard, all the comments. We don’t really focus win them much, we just focus on ourselves and keep making people hate us even more.”

It is, though, in the Champions League where Celtic can gain significant currency.

Last season it was the Parkhead side who ended Pep Guardiola’s unblemished start to the season with a draw at Celtic Park, a performance that was followed by another draw in Manchester just before Christmas.

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This term’s European run has similarities to that campaign in that Celtic have got better as the tournament has progressed.

A third spot and a parachute into the Europa League looks like a likely return, something that would give the club further opportunity to progress in Continental competition.

“Our objective was to go back into the Champions League and try to finish the best we can and stay in Europe,” he said.

“Hopefully we can do that. Thankfully it’s nothing too serious.”

The current era of domestic dominance at Celtic and the success that has come from it is perhaps difficult to appreciate for players in the midst of it.

The hectic schedule of games means there is little chance to savour the run or the records that have been knocked over in the last 18 months and Roberts has acknowledged that it will much later down the line when the achievements of the current Hoops squad properly sink in.

“It’s probably something we’ll eventually look back on, especially being the Invincibles and everything,” he said.

“It’s a special place to be right now and everyone can enjoy being part of it.

“But we probably won’t realise it fully until we’ve all stopped playing.

“We’ll just keep playing and hopefully keep winning. You can never get bored of winning.”

Roberts is on a second loan spell at Celtic having played with Fulham before going to Manchester City.

And the 20-year-old has maintained his own belief that Celtic would be up there with the top six if they were plying their trade in the English top flight.

“Obviously it’s ifs and buts because Celtic aren’t there but with the money you get in football down south and with the size of this club we’d definitely be up there and be able to mix with the big boys in the Premier League,” he said.

“It’s all ifs and buts and you can’t say it’s definite because it’s not happened but we’re just enjoying our football and playing well, that’s all we can do.”