SPFL boss offers update on Celtic target Thomas Robert

By Euan Davidson

July 2, 2021

Celtic target Thomas Robert enjoyed a breakout season in Scotland.

The son of Newcastle United fan favourite Laurent, Robert made a surprising move to Airdrie in 2020. Born in Paris, Robert had come through Montpellier’s youth set-up. In the process, he outshone Tariq Lamptey and Billy Gilmour [Daily Record], alerting the Scottish League One side.

20-year-old Robert impressed Celtic scouts to the extent that he joined the club for a trial in February. However, the noise around the winger has quietened over recent months, despite impressive performances for Airdrie.

His boss, Ian Murray, told the Daily Record:

“We know what Thomas is capable of, he’s got a year’s experience under his belt and he’s an important player for us.

“He’s had to deal with a lot of publicity, scouts have been coming to watch him, there were newspaper articles, but now he has that experience under his belt, we have to use that to the best of our advantage.

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“He has ability, there’s no doubt about that, and like any young player he still has flaws in his game, so we’ll help him to eradicate them slightly and try to push him on a bit more.

“We’ll see where we are come Christmas or the end of the season.”

Thomas Robert isn’t finished article, but has clearly already impressed Celtic

As transfer stories go, this is a particularly interesting one. The COVID-19 situation, and the temporary shutdown of League One and Two football, allowed Celtic to take Robert on trial. You might assume that, had the Bhoys been suitably impressed, there’d be a deal in place by now.

Ian Murray: keen to hold on to Thomas Robert / (Photo by Craig Foy/SNS Group via Getty Images)

However, Airdrie have been given a huge opportunity here. Talents like Robert don’t come around often in the third tier, and they’re going to want every penny they can get. Plus, some more in the future, based on performances or any profit from a potential sale.

It may well be that the change of manager threw a spanner in the works, here. New Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou might want to take a look for himself. As for Airdrie, they’ll be keen to keep him around if they’re able to.

With just a year left on his contract, it would probably suit Airdrie to sell him this summer, rather than potentially losing him for nothing. As far as they’re concerned, they know there’ll be plenty of interest, and not just from Celtic; Rangers, Hibs, Dundee United and Aberdeen are also reportedly keen [Daily Record].

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