Celtic target Thomas Robert is a wanted man.
The Bhoys, Rangers and Dundee United have already registered their interest in the Airdrie star (Glasgow Evening Times). Now, Diamonds director of football Stuart Millar has claimed that “huge clubs” are monitoring the winger (Daily Record).
Millar didn’t name any names when speaking to the Daily Record. However, with his father’s pedigree in mind, it seems obvious that clubs around Europe’s top leagues would be taking an interest in Robert.
According to Millar, it was a video of Robert outshining Billy Gilmour and Tariq Lamptey that tempted Airdrie into an audacious move. The signing was a gigantic coup for the third-tier SPFL club, who will benefit from their shrewd business for years to come.
“Hopefully Airdrie can get the best out of him, but there is no doubt that he will move on at some point. We will try to get the best out of him while we have got him, though.
“His teammates and the club appreciate the quality he has got, but still get frustrated with him at times because he is trying to do things nobody else in this league can do.
“Thomas got brought to our attention and we knew there was a chance to get him because Thomas wanted to come to the UK. Thomas didn’t want to go to England and play in the Under-23s, he wanted to go and test himself. He looks upon Scotland as a stepping stone to get to a bigger club.
“Whether that’s in England or in Scotland time will tell. He played against Billy Gilmour and Tariq Lamptey, some top-notch players, and he was a standout.”
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Young Robert has a sensible head on his shoulders. Clearly, there were going to be questions about a Montpellier youth player coming to Airdrie. However, his clear desire to play against fully-grown men in a tough, physical league has been to his betterment.
A tricky winger with plenty of skill and invention, there seems little doubt that Robert will have an excellent career.
Celtic fans are hoping that career will be with the Bhoys.
Airdrie won’t be looking to move on Robert cheaply. During a pandemic, clubs across the SPFL have haemorrhaged money (BBC), and any bright spots will be taken advantage of.
Even a fee of £1m could provide lasting security for the Diamonds, so they’ll want to accept the most lucrative offer that they can.
Given his performances so far this season, fans will be hoping Peter Lawwell has his chequebook ready.