Confirmed: Celtic recall impressive youngster from loan early after Dubai chaos

By John McGinley

January 11, 2021

Celtic will recall midfield prospect, Scott Robertson, from his loan at Gillingham earlier than anticipated, The Scottish Sun reports.

Robertson has been praised for his Gills’ performances over the last few months, though has also suffered injury setbacks.

The paper says he could go straight into the squad for this weekend’s match against Livingston but won’t play against Hibernian tonight.

He was due to spend the entire season in England.

However, Celtic fan and Gillingham manager Steve Evans told The Scottish Sun: “Celtic sent us a good player and I believe Scott’s going back to Glasgow an even better one.

“He’s been an absolute credit to Celtic and his family. We thank him very much for his professionalism and performances with us.

“I spoke to him at lunchtime to say Celtic were recalling him and he immediately thanked me and everyone else at Gillingham for his period here.

“Scott has gained great experience in League One. It’s a tough division and after a bit of time adjusting he grew in confidence. He has impressed us all.”

Robertson is now due to undergo Covid tests at Lennoxtown, having not been tested since before facing Burton Albion at the weekend.

It all suggests that at least some of the players currently self-isolating at Celtic after the trip to Dubai are central midfielders.

However, the club have still not confirmed who is facing a spell on the sidelines.

Scott Robertson has bright Celtic future

Robertson is one of the most promising players currently coming through the Lennoxtown academy. He already has exposure to first-team football at the club.

He made his debut against Cluj in the Europa League last season, starting an away defeat and acquitting himself well.

Before his Gills move, he was an unused substitute on the bench against Kilmarnock in August.

Celtic midfielder Scott Robertson / (Photo by Paul Ursachi/MB Media/Getty Images)

The 19-year-old will now hope this is his big chance to burst into Neil Lennon’s plans consistently.

It would be fantastic to see him do that with impressive displays this month.

In other news, these are the most likely youngsters to feature against Hibernian tonight.