Neil Lennon’s team selection for Celtic’s trip to Partick Thistle in the Scottish Cup on Saturday evening should be interesting.
You imagine that the Hoops boss will pick a strong side as the Hoops aim to get back to winning ways following the loss to Rangers in the last game before the international break.
There is one player who is breaking through to the Celtic first-team squad that should be considered for a start though. That player is Celtic midfielder Scott Robertson.
Robertson made his first-team debut in the 2-0 loss to Cluj in the Europa League in December.
He has not played for the first-team since then, but travelled with the squad to the winter training break in Dubai.
Scored only goal in notable win
Since then, Robertson scored the only goal for the Celtic reserve side in their 1-0 friendly win over Chelsea under-23s on Wednesday.
FULL-TIME: Chelsea U23s 0⃣-1⃣ Celtic Reserves
A great test for the Bhoys against the Premier League outfit. Robertson's brilliant second half goal the difference between the two sides here in London. 🍀 pic.twitter.com/5jz3h9ZLWU
— Celtic FC Academy (@CelticFCAcademy) January 15, 2020
Neil Lennon will be well-aware of that game, and Robertson’s performance. It should lead to a start for Robertson in the cup tie against Partick on Saturday.
It will be a test for Robertson to show how much progression he has made as a player when he comes up against a team near the bottom of the Championship table.
Should he be as good a player as all at Celtic hope he will be, then Robertson should be able to help the Hoops dominate the game from the middle of the park.
Manager could give midfielder a break
Playing Robertson could also give Neil Lennon the chance to rest Callum McGregor. He is a player that has played far too much football, and could do with a break before the Hoops return to league action against Kilmarnock on next Wednesday night.
It is always a gamble to give young players – Robertson is only 18 – a start in the first-team. However, this move can only be a good thing for the Hoops, should Robertson perform on the night.