Manchester City 1, Celtic 1: On-loan City winger Patrick Roberts embarrasses parent club but Sergio Aguero stand-in Kelechi Iheanacho spares hosts blushes

 
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The 20-year-old is set for a run in the City side while Sergio Aguero is suspended (Source: Getty)

Manchester City 1, Celtic 1

Manchester City striker Kelechi Iheanacho showed that he is ready to fill the gap left by suspended top scorer Sergio Aguero by netting his fifth goal of the campaign on Tuesday night.

The 20-year-old Nigeria hotshot equalised as City drew their final Champions League group fixture with Celtic, after the visitors had taken the lead through Patrick Roberts, who is on a season’s loan to them from the Manchester club.

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Iheanacho, who is set for a prolonged run in the side while Aguero serves a four-game suspension, led the line with authority against Celtic and might have scored more than once.

Former Fulham winger Roberts reminded City chiefs of his talent after just four minutes by turning left-back Gael Clichy inside-out as he weaved in from the right flank before squeezing a low shot past goalkeeper Willy Caballero.

Pep Guardiola’s team, who were already certain of finishing second behind Barcelona in Group C, levelled moments later when Nolito fed Iheanacho and he ran clear to shoot high and through Craig Gordon.

Iheanacho saw a back-heeled effort scrambled away and Nolito had a second-half strike disallowed for offside.

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