Strachan talks up 'ready to go' Celtic youngster Scott Robertson ahead of Livingston visit

By John McGinley

January 15, 2021

Gavin Strachan reckons Celtic youngster Scott Robertson is ‘ready to go’ for the first-team after returning from loan at Gillingham.

Robertson was recalled early from a season-long loan at the Gills amid self-isolation chaos within the Celtic squad.

He’ll come right into contention for a place in tomorrow’s team against Livingston.

The in-form West Lothian outfit travel to Celtic Park on the back of eight successive wins in all competitions.

Strachan said of Robertson in his pre-match press conference: “Scott Robertson is back in. His loan at Gillingham has been ended, so he has come back into the fold.

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“He is another one, good player, good character, who has come back in. He is still a young lad, but he played nearly 20 games for Gillingham, so he is primed and ready to go.

“But for the most part, it is going to be the same guys who were there on Monday. It has been a steep learning curve for most of them.

“But hopefully as their careers progress it turns out to be a positive experience for them, being around the first-team environment, seeing what the demands are, seeing the processes we work to and hopefully they can develop.”

How did Scott Robertson do in England?

Robertson made 19 appearances under Steve Evans before returning to Glasgow, assisting two times.

He was deployed primarily in central midfield, as you’d expect, but did fill in on the left flank in a 4-1 victory over Rochdale.

With Ismaila Soro and Callum McGregor both available tomorrow, it’s in a wide role we could well see Robertson get some game time.

Celtic youngster Scott Robertson / (Photo by Craig Williamson/SNS Group via Getty Images)

It would be a surprise if he didn’t get minutes against Livi given he was recalled for this purpose.

He was developing well in League Two before this opportunity.

Hopefully, it’s one he can take between now and the end of the season. We really need some of these academy prospects to provide us with a bit of hope for the future.

In other news, Cameron Harper is nearing a Celtic exit.