Exciting Celtic youngster Scott Robertson has spoken about settling into life at Gillingham, whilst also touching on a key conversation he had with Neil Lennon.
Robertson has only been with the League One club for a week, but already he’s made two appearances for the Gills. He followed up his 45-minute debut against Hull with a full 90-minute appearance against Coventry in midweek.
Already, it’s arguable that he’s been given more senior football in the last week than he may have had all season had he stayed at Parkhead.
And speaking after a whirlwind start to his Gillingham career, Robertson touched on the conversation he had with Lennon as well as what he thinks of his new boss Steve Evans.
As quoted by Kent Online, Robertson said: “He (Neil Lennon) just wanted me to play first-team games as early as possible and he was honest with me, he said he couldn’t guarantee me that, with Celtic. I appreciated that.
“I am here to get game time at a good standard, which was important, especially for a teenager like myself.
“I knew he (Steve Evans) was a (Celtic) fan and it probably helps because he wants to look after a young Celtic player. All the boys have been good with me, they have made me feel at home straight away, which is important for a loan player coming down. There are just so many names to try and remember!”
Things couldn’t have gone better for Robertson
It might be early days, but it hasn’t taken Robertson long to impress his new manager.
Indeed, after his performance against Coventry in midweek, Evans told Kent Online: “I thought the kid was tremendous, as the game went on he looked a proper player and you can understand why he has played in the Celtic first team when you see him play like that. He and a few others dragged us back into the cup tie.”
He’s already making the right impression, and that’s absolutely vital if we wants to get into that Gillingham side consistently over the course of the season.
Make no mistake, Lennon has sent Robertson down there to earn his place in the team, not be guaranteed it. It was extremely important he made a positive impression in his first couple of performances, and that’s exactly what he’s done.
Of course, it won’t all be rave reviews and successful cup ties as his loan spell continues. There will be plenty of ups and downs, and considering Robertson’s age, there may be lengthy spells where his form dips. It’s how he reacts to those periods that Lennon will be keeping a close eye on.
But so far, so good for the Lennoxtown graduate as he looks to make his mark in England’s third tier.
In other news, Celtic are reportedly interested in a 42-capped international who recently got one over Shane Duffy.