Gillingham boss Steve Evans has stated that Celtic are “delighted” with the progress of young midfielder Scott Robertson so far this season.
The Hoops sent the Lennoxtown youngster off on loan to the League One club in a season-long agreement back in the summer window. Since then it’s been a bit of an up and down spell for the midfielder.
Robertson has managed to get a plethora of senior appearances under his belt, with 10 outings to his name against competitive English sides such as Wigan, Hull City, Ipswich Town, and Sunderland to name a few (Transfermarkt). However, the midfielder has only started one of the club’s last four league games and has sat out two of the last three.
Yet even so, Gillingham boss Evans says both he and Celtic and extremely pleased with how he’s coming on, as he revealed the Hoops have sent scouts down to watch him.
As quoted by Kent Online after Robertson missed Gillingham’s 2-1 win against Wimbledon last night, Evans said: “He’s fine. He gave us 60 minutes on Saturday after being out a month with a hamstring. The last time we gave him back to back games he niggled his hamstring again and we didn’t want to take that chance. It was purely my decision.
“He is simply a wonderful talent. He will have gone away to his apartment really down and devastated but I will contact him to say what the reason was.
“I spoke to the people at Celtic and they think he is being educated here, they have sent people to watch him and I talked to them because I said I wasn’t going to include him, they are delighted with his progress.”
A big morale-booster for Robertson
Robertson will likely already be aware of what Evans told the press here, but even so, this is a massive confidence-booster and vindication for him regarding the decision to make the move south in the first place.
Celtic will be keeping tabs on all of their players out on loan, but the fact they’re making visits down to Gillingham shows how highly Robertson is rated in particular. It simply must give him a splurt of motivation as the season goes on.
It would’ve been easy for him to be down with his lack of starts in recent times. Even though he’s coming back from an injury, Robertson simply must get consistent starts and impressive performances under his belt to help mature him as a footballer and make him more prepared for the mammoth battle that awaits him upon his return to Glasgow next summer.
Players with the talent he possesses don’t plan to stay out on loan for the long-term. He’ll be targeting a successful season with Gillingham and then subsequently impressing Neil Lennon in pre-season training next summer. A loan at a higher level has to be considered a fall-back.
However, he’s going to be up against at least six impressive talents in the bid to take over from Scott Brown next season. Ismaila Soro, David Turnbull, Luca Connell, Olivier Ntcham, and Kerr McInroy will all be vying for more minutes at that stage (unless Celtic shift any by then).
But this is a big plus for the academy graduate. He’ll know that if he can keep putting the building blocks in place this season, the opportunities will be there for him at Celtic next summer – regardless of who the manager is.