Celtic's Scott Robertson makes Gillingham debut as Bhoys-daft boss Steve Evans hails talent

By David Walton

September 13, 2020

Celtic youngster Scott Robertson made his debut for Gillingham yesterday as he kickstarted his loan spell with a 2-0 home loss to Hull City.

It was a tough fixture to kick-off Robertson’s League One career, with the talented midfielder starting the game on the bench.

However, with his side 1-0 down at the interval, manager Steve Evans turned to the Lennoxtown graduate and gave him the second 45.

Whilst it was a tricky debut for the on-loan Celt, Evans was full of praise for his talent.

Celtic midfielder Scott Robertson / (Photo by Paul Ursachi/MB Media/Getty Images)

As quoted by Kent Online, the Gillingham manager said the following: “It was difficult for him and he didn’t know half of the names. He is a good player, he has come to be further educated, like a lot of these players have. He is a talented kid and I’m sure he’ll play many games for us.”

Evans’ plans for Robertson is exactly what Lennon will want to hear

Lennon will be delighted to see that Evans plans for Robertson to get plenty of game-time at Gillingham. Considering he had only been with the League One club for under 48 hours, it bodes well that his manager had that level of trust in him to throw him on.

And the Gills boss will be just as itching for this deal to work out as Celtic and Robertson will be. If things go well for all parties, Evans could very well be at the top of the pecking order when it comes to loaning out further Lennoxtown talent.

There’s also an emotional aspect too. Evans is a massive Celtic fan. Speaking in an article published by the Daily Express back in April 2016, the then Leeds boss said: “I will always be a Celtic supporter. I’ve supported them since I was two – that’s not two years old, that’s two seconds old.”

Scott Robertson in pre-season action vs Lyon (Photo by JEFF PACHOUD / AFP) (Photo by JEFF PACHOUD/AFP via Getty Images)

So he’ll be desperate to do his boyhood club a turn just as he will be itching to make this loan deal successful to help fire his Gillingham side to the playoff positions.

But it was a difficult start. Hull have just been relegated from the Championship, and have the financial backing and firepower to go straight back up this season. Considering this was Robertson’s first competitive appearance since December 2019, you have to tip your hat to him for competing so well.

Hopefully he builds on it on Tuesday night as Gillingham host Coventry City in the EFL Cup second round.

In other news, Boli Bolingoli has finally left Celtic on loan.