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Loan watch: Roberts and Barker meet in semi-final

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Patrick Roberts featured in Celtic’s starting XI which secured a 4-2 victory over Hibernian in the Scottish League Cup semi-final.

Brendan Rodgers’ side soared through to the final with Hoops duo Mikael Lustig and Moussa Dembele securing two goals each to secure a win over Neil Lennon’s squad.

The 20-year-old played for just over 60 minutes before he was replaced by James Forrest.

Roberts played against fellow City loanee Brandon Barker, who featured on the pitch for the full 90 minutes, but was unable to prevent his side being knocked out of the competition.

Elsewhere in the Scottish League Cup, Aaron Nemane played half an hour of Rangers’ clash against finalists, Motherwell, when he replaced Carlos Pena – but was on the losing side as Motherwell secured a 2-0 victory over Pedro Caixinha’s side.

South of the border, goalkeeper Angus Gunn kept another clean sheet for Norwich City as they faced East Anglian rivals, Ipswich.

The Canaries remain unbeaten against Ipswich since 2009, and their recent 1-0 win means that Gunn and his team mates climb to sixth place in the Championship table.

In the English League One, Rodney Kongolo and Kean Bryan were both in action.

Doncaster Rovers loanee, Kongolo, came on for Mathieu Baundry during their clash against Walsall, which ended in a heavy 3-0 defeat for the Rovers which means the Yorkshire side sit in eighteenth place in the table.

Bryan made his 11th appearance for Oldham Athletic at the weekend during their turbulent clash against MK Dons, which saw eight goals throughout 90 minutes as both sides netted four.

In the Premier League, Joe Hart was unable to keep a clean sheet for West Ham as Brighton & Hove Albion secured a 3-0 win at the London Stadium.

Glenn Murray headed in the first goal for Chris Hughton’s side, and Hart nearly stopped the second but unfortunately his strong hand to the ball wasn’t enough to stop Jose Izquierdo’s effort which curled into the net.

The England stopper was then faced with a penalty scenario in the second half, which resulted in Brighton’s third and final goal of the game.

To Spain now, loan duo Douglas Luiz and Pablo Maffeo could play for Girona in Monday night's clash against Deportivo- both featured in last week's Girona squad which suffered a 2-1 defeat to Villareal in La Liga.

Maffeo made his seventh start for the Spanish side against Villareal, while Luiz came on for midfielder Portu in the 77th minute of the game.

Spanish second division side Real Oviedo were also in action and saw Yaw Yeboah make an appearance in the closing minutes of the game against Cordoba.

Yeboah and his team mates secured a comfortable 2-0 victory over the fellow Spaniards which sees Oviedo placed mid-table of the Segunda Division.

In Holland a number of City loanees were in action for NAC Breda against Zwolle.

Pablo Mari captained the Dutch side while Thierry Ambrose, Paolo Fernandes and Manu Garcia all featured in the squad, but the City quartet were on the losing side as Breda failed to make it onto the scoresheet while Zwolle netted two.

Finally, defender Jason Denayer made his second start of the season for Galatasaray and managed to help his side continue their unbeaten run in the Super Lig after their goalless draw against Fenerbahce.

Their recent 0-0 result means Galatasaray remain at the summit of the Super Lig table on 23 points after just nine games. 

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