Neil Lennon suggests Scott Robertson is heading out on loan after Celtic contract signing

By John McGinley

September 2, 2020

Neil Lennon is excited about the potential that midfielder Scott Robertson holds but has indicated he’ll be sent out on loan to continue his development, speaking to The Celtic View this week (02/09 print edition, page 7).

Robertson signed a new three-year contract with the Scottish champions earlier this week, which he was obviously delighted about.

The 19-year-old made his debut for Celtic last year in a Europa League match away to Cluj but has yet to gain any minutes since.

He was most recently named as an unnamed substitute away to Kilmarnock at Rugby Park in the Scottish Premiership.

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

As we discussed last month, he is now training with the Celtic first-team every day.

Lennon is keen on developing his skills further and reckons a loan exit is on the cards.

As quoted by The Celtic View (02/09 print edition, page 7), the Bhoys boss said: “He’s doing really well. He’s had a good couple of months training with us.

“He made his first-team debut against Cluj last season but it could be a case of putting him out on loan at some point to get him more first-team experience.

“He’s a player we want to develop and we think he has great potential going forward.”

It sounds like Lennon has earmarked him as a future Bhoys regular if he continues on his current trajectory.

Neil Lennon is happy with the Celtic youngster’s progress / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

With Scott Brown, Callum McGregor, Olivier Ntcham, David Turnbull and Ismaila Soro in the squad, however, it makes perfect sense that Robertson would spend this season out on loan, perhaps to another Scottish Premiership team or a lower league English side.

If Celtic can pull it off, a loan abroad could do wonders for his development too, adding another culture to his learning.

Ultimately, the best place for him will be a club that can give him minutes at a senior, professional level.

It’ll be interesting to see how this develops.

In other news, Lennon has hailed the progress of USA youngster Cameron Harper.