Scott Robertson’s debut in Romania tonight is by far the biggest plus Celtic fans can take from the game.
The Hoops lost 2-0 in Cluj to end their Europa League campaign with a whimper. The 12-game winning run has been snapped as has the unbeaten group-stage run. Yet whilst both of those will cause slight frustration, there were still some positives to take.
None more so than the display of academy graduate Robertson. Given his first start, he completed a 90-minute performance that was faultless. He was composed on the ball, quick on the turn, and didn’t give possession away all night.
Supporters on Twitter have been quick to recognise his contribution too. Taking a look at the reaction, here’s some in the support have been saying:
10 minutes is enough for me to confirm that Scott Robertson is a baller
— SM (@SM1967_) December 12, 2019
Thought young Scott Robertson gave a good account of himself tonight. Very tidy and composed.
— Davie McLaughlin (@McLaughlin_1888) December 12, 2019
Scott Robertson has completed 39 successful passes against Cluj tonight. Only Nir Bitton (46) has completed more.
Solid debut. 💪 pic.twitter.com/tA6wsPDYwD
— Celtic Soccer Show (@CelticSoccrShow) December 12, 2019
Scott Robertson > Andy Robertson Dont @ me I don’t make the rules 💁🏻♂️ https://t.co/5KHXhJF7yJ
— Charlie (@CharlieMcQ67) December 12, 2019
Scott Robertson has showed more ball control and technique then Boli Boli and big Bayo ever have.
— Benji (@benji67_) December 12, 2019
Olivier Ntcham has all the potential to be one of our best midfielders but his attitude has been shocking tonight. Not done himself any favours. Impressed with Scott Robertson. Been neat and tidy, looks like one for the future.
— Chris (@chris91q) December 12, 2019
Things taken from the match
* Now nobody can look and see the Celtic line-up and ask “where’s Sinclair.
* Fear that Griffs time might be up and we need not one but two strikers.
* Scott Robertson looks a player.
* Bauer offers absolutely nothing
We’re off to Gdańsk 🍀💚😎
— Sean McCrory (@SeanMcCrory8) December 12, 2019
Wee Scott Robertson looks like a real talent 👏🏻👏🏻
— Gaz Young🍀 (@MRceltic1888) December 12, 2019
Seized his chance and more opportunities must arrive
We all know the importance of not giving youngsters too much too soon. However, for a competitive debut in an environment such as Cluj, he acquitted himself superbly well.
He’ll be disappointed not to be on the end of a positive result. The truth is that it was not down to any fault of his own. In fact, he could possibly lay claim to being the man-of-the-match with how well he performed.
Looking forward for Robertson, you now wonder where the next opportunity will come. With such a big list of high-profile fixtures between now and the New Year, that could be it for him before the league action resumes in January.
Brendan Rodgers gave the likes of Mikey Johnston a run in the team after the winter break ended last season. There’s no reason as to why Robertson can’t get that same opportunity in some of our home Premiership matches.
You can’t look at his display tonight and say that he couldn’t cope against bottom-six Premiership sides. He’s ready for a real test in a Celtic jersey, and hopefully he gets some opportunities as the season goes on.
It wasn’t a successful night for many in the Hoops. But for Robertson? It couldn’t have gone much better individually.