Injuries holding Celtic youngster Scott Robertson back out on loan

By Euan Davidson

December 10, 2020

Celtic academy graduate Scott Robertson has earned rave reviews while on loan at Gillingham this season.

The issue is, however, that he’s only able to work in short bursts. So far, Robertson has impressed and frustrated in equal measure for the English side.

Gills’ boss Steve Evans has called his durability into question, despite the midfielder’s tender years.

Speaking to Kent Live, Evans said:

“He feels his hamstring every time he plays a second game doesn’t he?”

“He’s got second-game-itis and he’s 19.”

Taken off at half-time on Tuesday night’s defeat to Cambridge United (Gillingham FC), it seems to be a niggling hamstring issue that’s hampering Robertson.

The 19-year-old defensive midfielder has been been restricted to 843 minutes of action, making 13 appearances in total this season (Transfermarkt). Regulars, such as centre-back Jack Tucker, have topped 1,700 minutes over the same time-frame.

Celtic loanee Scott Robertson in action for Gillingham / (Photo by Rob Newell – CameraSport via Getty Images)

A long-term worry for Celtic?

Held in high esteem by the coaching staff at Celtic, Robertson has been in and around the first team over the last year or two. Prior to his loan spell, the young midfielder made an appearance against Cluj in the Europa League (BBC).

Big things were, and are, expected of the Lennoxtown product. It’s a worry for Celtic, however, if Robertson can’t stay fit enough to play consecutive matches.

While injuries are obviously commonplace, it’s concerning that academy products such as Kieran Tierney and Mikey Johnston have profoundly struggled to maintain fitness over recent years.

We’re not suggesting that there’s a growing trend or a specific problem with the Academy, but Robertson being another to struggle with injuries would be an awful shame. He’s clearly a talented player with a lot to offer.

It was only a week ago today that Celtic-supporting Gillingham boss was tipping Robertson to be a Parkhead regular next season (Kent Online).

The way things are developing, however, it seems only a barnstorming, consistent run over the next six months will make that anything like a reality.