Celtic youngster's character and work ethic praised by English manager

By John McGinley

September 20, 2021

As we discussed at the weekend, Celtic youngster Scott Robertson is wasting no time impressing Crewe Alexandra supporters out on loan.

And those fans are not alone, with Alex boss David Artell also thrilled with his early impression in League One.

Artell has been raving about the character and ability of the young midfielder, insisting if he keeps playing as he is someone at Celtic will take notice.

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Speaking to his club’s official website, Artell said: “Scott’s character is bang on. He listens intently and he looks at you and you know he is taking it all in. There is no noise going on in his head when you speak to him. He wants to listen and learn and when you are like that then you are only going to get better.

“He was terrific again on Saturday. Really, really good and he was absolutely shattered in those last five minutes because he had run himself into the ground. He has probably been our best performer in the last three games but he knows that has to continue. He knows he has to maintain those levels but he has come here, taken things on board and his attitude to the work is first class.

“Now if he will be good enough to return to Celtic and get into their team, I don’t know and that is their business because I know what a massive club Celtic are and how difficult it is to play at that level, but if he keeps working hard then he is only going to impress those who make those decisions.

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“He is in his third spell in League One and I said on Saturday, we have a real gem of a player on our hands.”

That all bodes well for Celtic of course, with Robertson due to return to the club at the end of the season. With his contract not expiring until 2023, we can still benefit from his development out on loan.

It certainly sounds like he has the backing of Artell at least, as a human being as much as a player. That should be a great benefit to him as the season goes on in terms of securing regular football.

The challenge will be performing consistently. If he does that between now and January, there’s even the possibility of an early recall to compete for a place in the Celtic first-team squad.

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