Ex-Celtic man Charlie Mulgrew bests precocious loanee Scott Robertson in EFL battle

By Euan Davidson

February 10, 2021

Celtic past, Charlie Mulgrew, took on Celtic Future, Scott Robertson, in the Sky Bet League One last night.

Fleetwood loanee Charlie Mulgrew, formerly of the Bhoys, battled Scott Robertson’s Doncaster last night. Robertson, starting in an advanced number 10 position, suffered defeat as a side also featuring ex-Rangers man Jordan Rossiter won 3-1.

A second-half Donny collapse was enough to seal three points for Fleetwood [Doncaster Free Press]. Celtic youngster Scott Robertson, who was highly praised during his time on loan at Gillingham, departed on the hour mark. We’re biased, but it’s interesting that all of Fleetwood’s goals came after the Celtic man was taken off.

Just saying.

The Doncaster Free Press rated Celtic loanee Scott Robertson a 5/10, stating:

“He showed good tenacity in the middle of the park on his full debut and played with a real composure as he mopped up possession. His impact on the game waned as the half wore on and he was withdrawn on the hour.”

Must be a harsh rating system they’ve got in Doncaster. The words of the review sound better than a 5 out of 10, but it’s good to see any kernels of praise for our developing talent.

The defeat will have been a sore blow for Doncaster Rovers, who sit 5th. Charlie Mulgrew and his Fleetwood side are nestled in mid-table obscurity at 13th [EFL].

Scott Robertson in pre-season action for Celtic / (Photo by JEFF PACHOUD/AFP via Getty Images)

Celtic youngster Scott Robertson plays against an influential figure

It’s easy to forget just how good Charlie Mulgrew could be at Celtic. When he left, it was too soon.

The 44-capped Scotland international could play at left-back, centre-back or in midfield. His versatility was often tested, especially in Neil Lennon’s first spell at the club.

Only 34, although it feels like he’s been around forever, Mulgrew made 208 appearances for the Bhoys [Transfermarkt], and Celtic loanee Scott Robertson can definitely learn from his example. An absolute demon from set-pieces, with a strong work ethic, Mulgrew’s veteran leadership marks him out as a coach in the future. That’s once he hangs up his boots – he seems to have plenty of games left in the tank.

Robertson will be disappointed overall. Still, he’s showing excellent potential. One concern is his inability to finish consecutive matches in a row, however. Gillingham boss Steve Evans described Robertson as having “Second game-itis” at only 19.

Early departures from matches seem to be a running theme for Celtic loanee Scott Robertson. That’s a concern, and it’s unclear whether that’s the player’s individual durability, or a lack of fitness training at Celtic. Neither is a particularly good option.

Still, in a good Doncaster Rovers side, Robertson has plenty of opportunities left to improve and impress. Expect his name to become more and more familiar as the next few years unfold.