The statistic behind Scott Robertson's impressive Celtic debut

By John Reid

December 13, 2019

Celtic midfield starlet Scott Robertson made his Hoops debut on Thursday night in the 2-0 Europa League defeat to Cluj.

The Hoops might not have played that well in the game, but that can’t be said about Robertson. He turned in a very mature display for a player who is just 18. He looked at home in the Celtic team, alongside Olivier Ntcham.

One key aspect to his game was Robertson’s passing ability. He found a team-mate with almost every single pass he played.

Superb pass completion rate

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His passing range was flagged up by whoscored.com, who revealed that he completed a very impressive 88% of his passes. That is highly impressive indeed, especially when you consider that it was the player’s first competitive game for the club.

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Perhaps a reason that Robertson was so comfortable on the ball was that he had already been part of the Hoops first-team squad this season.

He was part of the squad which defeated Rennes 3-1, and that must have given the player plenty of confidence, to work alongside the likes of Scott Brown and Olivier Ntcham.

So good was Robertson’s performance, that Neil Lennon should have no hesitation about keeping him in the first-team squad for the rest of the season.

The one problem with that might be that he won’t get that much playing time. Celtic’s midfield is probably the strongest area of the side.

Being in squad will help player develop

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However, as has already been said, Robertson can learn a lot from the players who are already to the club. Neil Lennon hasn’t been afraid to play young players in his return as Celtic manager. Look at the success of Jeremie Frimpong, for example.

Robertson has a good chance of following in Frimpong’s footsteps. It might take him a while longer to break into the team. However, the signs look good that Robertson will go on to be a valuable player for the Hoops.