Highly-rated Celtic youngster shines out on loan in 4-1 Saturday rout

By Euan Davidson

December 19, 2020

Celtic youngster Scott Robertson has already won plenty of admirers on loan this season.

The Gills’ Celtic-supporting manager even said he expected to see the youngster in the first-team next season. After Gillingham’s 4-1 pounding of Rochdale (Sky Sports), Robertson has won even more plaudits.

Robertson earned a lofty 8.0 rating from WhoScored?, having set up one of Gillingham’s 4 goals on the day. He was successful with 84% of his passes and made 3 tackles in an all-action display.

The win sees Gillingham consolidate 13th place in League One (Sky Sports).

The Celtic academy product’s durability had been called into question over recent weeks, but when he’s able actually play for the Gills, he’s been successful.

John Akinde scored twice in Gillingham’s win against an inconsistent Rochdale side (BBC). Evans’ side only had 37% of possession at the Crown Oil Arena, but it was enough to create chances against a side who beat Wigan 5-0 last time out (Sky Sports).

Celtic’s Scott Robetson in the blue of Gillingham / (Photo by Jacques Feeney/Getty Images)

Celtic’s Robertson running the show

In his first loan away from Celtic, Robertson has made 15 appearances, scoring once (Transfermarkt).

His technique, passing and command belie his tender years. At only 19, he’s a real talent and he’s under contract with Celtic until 2023.

Robertson already has Europa League experience; the youngster started against CFR Cluj in the Europa League in 2019 (Daily Record).

Although Cluj won on the night, with goals from Andrei Burca and Damjan Djokovic, Robertson looked accomplished at European level.

There was further intrigue for Celtic fans, as former centre-back Eoghan O’Connell scored Rochdale’s consolation goal.

O’Connell came through Celtic’s academy, but was released in 2017, joining Bury (Transfermarkt). The Irishman made 13 first-team appearances for the Bhoys, but couldn’t make the grade at Celtic Park.