Gillingham manager Steve Evans has stated that he’s “grateful” to Neil Lennon for lending him Scott Robertson for the season.
Robertson will inevitably complete a deal for a temporary spell in League One with former Peterborough and Crawley Town boss Evans. This comes after the youngster signed a new deal at Parkhead just last week.
The Scottish Sun has reported that Robertson underwent a medical down south earlier on today, but as of yet the club have still to announce his signing.
Yet that hasn’t stopped Gills manager Evans from confirming a deal is set to happen. Speaking to the Scottish Sun, he promised he’ll do everything possible to develop the Lennoxtown youngster further.
“I’m delighted to be bringing Scott to Gillingham. I know he’s well thought of at Celtic and Neil sees this as a great opportunity for the boy. I’m grateful he’s agreed to give us Scott for the season and we’ll do everything possible to help him develop even more as a player.
“Scott’s got plenty of potential. League One will prove a big challenge for him, it’s a very demanding division and there are plenty of big teams in it this year. He’ll need to work hard to prove himself.
“But Scott has made it clear he’s well up for it – and we all want to see him do well.”
A terrific move as Robertson gets thrown in at the deep end
The Sun believes that Robertson will be in contention to get thrown straight into the matchday squad for Saturday’s League One opener against Hull.
Robertson should be fit to feature immediately after taking part with the Celtic first-team squad during pre-season training. With a full pre-season under his belt, there’s no reason why Evans should feel nervous about throwing the midfielder straight into his team if he feels necessary.
However, this will be the player’s biggest step-up in football yet. He’s played several matches in pre-season and also managed to make his debut for the club last season in Cluj. But coming up against the likes of Hull, Sunderland, Wigan, and Charlton in competitive football will be far removed from training with the reserves and playing against under-20 sides.
Robertson will undoubtedly look up to fellow midfield rival Callum McGregor, who improved massively during his time in England. A similar sort of season and the Lennoxtown youngster can dream of better opportunities next season.
All eyes are now on whether he can play his way into the squad, stay there, and shine against his fellow League One rivals. Official statements on this from both clubs appear imminent.
In other news, the Celtic supporters were certainly impressed with new man Shane Duffy’s media performance yesterday.