After Scott Robertson signed a new three-year deal with Celtic yesterday, all eyes will now inevitably turn to what’s next for the youngster.
Robertson is currently part of an exciting crop of Lennoxtown youngsters looking to break into the Celtic squad in the near future. He’s managed to make a first-team matchday squad this season along with the likes of Karamoko Dembele, Cameron Harper, and Kerr McInroy respectively.
However, he has a special appraisal that he should continuously be reading back on to keep his confidence flowing.
When Robertson made his debut against Cluj back in December 2019, many of us were impressed. Not least of all the captain, Scott Brown. Speaking after the 2-0 defeat on Celtic’s official website, Broony said the following when asked about Robertson’s display:
“He’s got a lovely touch and he’s a great lad, very humble. He comes in and works really hard. I thought he did really well in Cluj. He dictated the play and puts himself about as well for being a young lad.
“He has to grow up and be a top-quality player himself. If I can help in any way I will do, but he’s going to have a lot more quality than I ever will and he’s shown that in Cluj already. The manager’s willing to give youth a chance. If they’re good enough they’re going to get a chance.”
Robertson must use comments as inspiration
It’s not every day that a player who has won 21 trophies at Parkhead comes out and says you have more quality than they ever will. That’s a massive statement, and Robertson must use it to constantly top up his self-belief and inspiration.
Whether it’s true or not is a question that can only ever be answered 10 years down the line when Robertson has hopefully achieved what he hopes to at Parkhead.
But Brown threw down a gauntlet to the youngster here just as much as he provided him with a confidence boost. He was letting Robertson know that he has what it takes to make it here, but that it would ultimately be down to the player’s attitude as to whether he realised that dream.
Of course, that doesn’t mean Robertson should be kicking himself if he spends another year out of the first-team at Celtic. Competition in his position is at an all-time high.
What he must strive for is continued development. Whether that be a loan deal or by waiting it out and continuing to learn from the talent ahead of him in the pecking order. Continued improvement is the only way to make it here.
Robertson seems to have the technical tools at his disposal to make an impact in Glasgow. And if he ever doubts that idea, all he has to do is look back on Brown’s comments last year.