"The best I've felt"; Celtic talent reflects on 2021/22 loan spell ahead of big season

By David Walton

June 6, 2022

Celtic midfielder Scott Robertson believes he was “arguably” Crewe’s best player early on last season before injury ended his loan spell prematurely.

The Hoops starlet spent time with the League One club last season in his 3rd of 3 loan moves over the last 18 months. Indeed, Robertson had just come off the 2020/21 campaign in which he was farmed out to Gillingham and Doncaster Rovers respectively.

But the academy product is now into the final year of his Celtic contract, and now is the time for him to be showcasing what he’s learned from his experiences down south. The midfielder racked up 24 appearances last season, but it would’ve been a lot more had he not needed surgery back in March [Transfermarkt].

Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images

And the 20-year-old believes he was flourishing in the early stages of his time with Crewe and revealed that it was the “best” he’s ever felt.

As quoted by the Daily Record, Robertson said: “Confidence is something I have never lacked. I believe in myself and that I’m good enough to play for Celtic. If I didn’t then I wouldn’t be here. You always need to back yourself as nobody is going to make things easy. You need to prove yourself and earn your way into a club of this stature – that’s my aim. People on the outside don’t appreciate how much confidence plays a part in professional football. It’s massive!

“At the start of last season I managed to play 13 or 14 full games for Crewe and it’s the best I’ve felt. I felt I had arguably been their best player, it’s that belief which can help me kick on next season. Every loan spell I’ve had has always been about getting into Celtic’s first team, that’s always been my first thought. Going on loan has never been about a holiday away from Lennoxtown.”

Scott Robertson’s belief shines through ahead of crucial year at Celtic Park

You have to love the self-belief and confidence in these comments from Robertson. Not only is he backing himself to make an impact at Celtic next season, but he’s also bullish on how he performed during his Crewe days.

It’s difficult to argue with him either. Let’s not forget how impressed the Crewe fans were with his early-season performances. It was the first solid run of starts Robertson had really had in his career. Evidently, he believes it’s taken his game forward.

Celtic fans will finally get a look at whether that’s the case in pre-season. Robertson will almost certainly be with Ange Postecoglou’s first-team squad during their Austria training camp.

Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images

Celtic are also set to take part in a flurry of pre-season friendlies. Banik Ostrava, Blackburn Rovers, and Norwich City have all been confirmed so far. The Hoops are also highly likely to play several games in Austria too.

That means opportunities will be there. Pre-season has always been about receiving the opportunity to catch the eye of the manager and get supporters talking about you. Certainly for the youngsters involved anyway.

Robertson certainly isn’t lacking self-confidence heading into it either. The morale and determination is clearly there. Hopefully, it transfers into some eye-catching performances.

In other news, Why now is the perfect time for Celtic to move for Ben Davies