Crewe boss labels Celtic loan talent "silly boy" after ban; will hold private talks with player

By David Walton

November 21, 2021

Crewe Alexandra manager David Artell has labelled Celtic loan talent Scott Robertson a “silly boy” after the player picked up a 3-match ban against Bolton last week.

Robertson sat out yesterday’s 2-0 League One home win over Gillingham. This was due to the fact he stamped on an opposition player in a 2-0 loss at Bolton last Friday. The midfielder is currently on loan with Crewe for the season.

So far it’s been a productive spell for the Celtic midfielder, who’s accumulated 15 appearances this term. However, he’ll now miss the upcoming games against AFC Wimbledon and Ipswich Town respectively.

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And as the dust settles on the incident, which wasn’t initially spotted by the referee, Artell has simply stated that Robertson needs to learn after being provoked.

Speaking via the official Crewe website, Artell said: “I didn’t see the incident at the time but it was shown to me after the game and he has been a silly boy. You cannot do that sort of thing on the football pitch.

“I haven’t spoken to me yet but I will be doing. He will also be dealt with the club internally. He may be on loan but whilst he is with us, he has to adhere to our rules and although I never like taking money off them, you cannot do what Scott did and he will know that.

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“I remember when Perry (Ng) did something with virtually the last kick at Cambridge and he managed to redeem himself when he came back so hopefully Scott will be the same.”

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Robertson would likely want that moment back if he could. Stamping on an opposition player is always a no-no. And that’s regardless of whether you feel as though there was some provocation or not.

But that’s why Robertson is down south in the first place. He’s in England to learn his trade before hopefully coming back to Celtic Park in the summer as a more rounded player. Given the first-team exposure he’s been having this season, it looks like a good decision from the Hoops.

Robertson is hardly a dirty player either. He doesn’t have a track record of picking up red cards. In fact, the red card offence he effectively received against Bolton is the first of his career. At 20 years old, that tells you a lot about his temperament.

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Every player is entitled to the odd error. The odd rush of blood where the moment becomes to much and frustration is vented. It’s hardly something to drag on and on with.

Fortunately, Robertson still has the rest of the season to make things up to his manager. Missing 3 games is a nasty blow for both the player and his loan club. But he’s been a mainstay in the Crewe side this season. There’s no reason not to think he’ll easily repay the League One club when he returns.

Hopefully, it’s an incident he learns from.

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