"Improving rapidly"; Gillingham boss Steve Evans' latest comments on Celtic's Scott Robertson

By David Walton

September 28, 2020

Gillingham manager Steve Evans has heaped yet more complimentary words Scott Robertson’s way – and has labeled him “real quality”.

The Celtic youngster is scheduled to stay with the League One side for the rest of the season in what will be a massive learning curve for the Lennoxtown graduate.

Robertson has made an appearance in every game possible since signing for the Gills earlier this month. These have included substantial outings against the likes of Hull City, Stoke City, and Wigan respectively. It’s a massive step-up from what he’s been used to with the Celtic development squad.

Celtic’s Scott Robertson in action with Gillingham (Photo by Rob Newell – CameraSport via Getty Images)

But speaking to Gillingham’s official website after the weekend’s 2-0 win against Blackpool, manager Evans was pleased with what he produced as he brushed off any real fears regarding a slight knock picked up.

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“Youngsters Scott Robertson and Josh Eccles are improving rapidly, they really are full of quality but again they have so much work to do to keep improving.

“Scott will be fully assessed this morning but we are hoping it was only cramp, but it will most likely be tomorrow before we know exactly.

“The kid has been brilliant in spells, Glasgow Celtic have themselves a youngster of real quality.”

So just how good has Robertson been really?

Obviously, managers may at times overexaggerate how good their players are. So let’s have a look at the details and see just how big an impact Robertson is making.

Against Blackpool, Robertson’s impact was indeed a positive one. He had a passing percentage rate of 61.1% – higher than nine of his fellow Gillingham team-mates. He also managed 18 passes and six crosses throughout the contest. A busy boy indeed.

Defensively Robertson was also getting stuck in. The youngster managed two successful challenges as well as one interception, according to WhoScored.

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

Away to Championship side Stoke in the EFL Cup last week, Robertson managed an even better passing percentage rate of 83.3% – the highest of anyone else in his side. Again, the 19-year-old was Gillingham’s most industrious midfielder, but also found himself dispossessed more than any of his team-mates.

That’s most likely a sign of the responsibility that Robertson has on his shoulders with Gillingham however. He’s already learning a lot more down there than he would’ve done getting a rare cameo at Celtic Park.

It’s good to see him making progress down south, and it’ll be interesting to see what kind of player we get back at this rate.

In other news, you can watch the stunning volley that one of Celtic’s loanees managed at the weekend by clicking here.