Report: Why Celtic didn't sign Thomas Robert as Burnley trial extends

By David Walton

July 20, 2021

Celtic didn’t take up the opportunity to sign Thomas Robert this summer due to behind-the-scenes changes at the football club, according to the Daily Record.

Robert was on trial at Lennoxtown earlier this year as the Airdrieonian winger looks for his next big step-up. However, after it came to a conclusion, Robert went back to Airdrie and nothing more was said about it.

Now, the Record reports that he’s on trial with Burnley in the EPL. He’s been with the Clarets during their pre-season campaign and featured in their B squad against Rangers B and Ayr United respectively.

It’s reported that Burnley will make their mind up on Robert in the coming days. However, given the regime change at Celtic this summer, a move for the Frenchman is said to have stalled [Daily Record].

Robert loved his period with the Hoops according to teammate Leon McCann [Daily Record]. However, after helping Airdrieonians to the Scottish Championship playoff final last season, it looks as though Robert won’t be pitching up at Parkhead anytime soon.

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There was always some intrigue regarding Robert’s trial period at the Hoops. It looked as though a move to the B team looked on the agenda after his time here.

However, it’s clear that the new regime had other plans. Or at the very least, had yet to make a final decision on things. That Celtic haven’t been quick to offer him a contract says a lot about how they feel about the situation.

Robert was hot property even before moving to Scotland. It was reported that he had rejected offers from four Ligue 1 teams to move to Scottish League One [Scottish Sun]. It was an incredible decision at the time, but Robert has managed to provide himself with bigger opportunities after an impressive campaign.

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Celtic are lacking in wide options at the moment thanks to injuries to Karamoko Dembele and Mikey Johnston. However, Robert likely would’ve been nowhere near the first-team initially.

It will almost certainly be the same should he take up a role with Burnley next season. With his eyes on his next move already, he hasn’t yet proven himself as ready for regular first-team level at a big club.

It’ll be interesting to see if Sean Dyche snaps him up. Regardless, it doesn’t look as though we still have eyes for this one.

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