Young Celtic midfielder Scott Robertson has signed a new two-year contract with the club, the academy prospect committing his medium-term future to the Scottish champions.
According to 67hailhail.com, Robertson has featured for the academy side and is hopeful of nailing down a place in the first team squad eventually.
Robertson remains a rough diamond waiting for his chance to establish himself at Celtic and he had to be content with academy football and an IRN BRU Cup appearance for the reserves against Annan Athletic last season.
However, the door to the first-team squad has been opened to him in recent weeks. He travelled with Neil Lennon’s squad for their pre-season tour of Austria, as acknowledged by HITC, and featured in last weekend’s 0-0 draw against Rennes. He came on as a substitute for Ewan Henderson in that game and drew praise from some Celtic fans for his performance.
Henderson is another academy prospect looking for a place in the Hoops’ first team. He is further down the road in terms of his development than Robertson, having made five senior appearances last season, in which he provided three assists. He also came on as a late substitute in Celtic’s 2-1 win over Sarajevo in Champions League qualifying in midweek.
Lennon has not been slow to give talented academy players their chance in the first team. Mikey Johnston played 23 times for Celtic last season, scoring five goals, while 16-year-old Karamoko Dembele was given his senior debut against Hearts on the final day of the league campaign.
However, Robertson’s pathway to the first team currently seems blocked by youngsters like Henderson as well as established midfielders such as Scott Brown, Ryan Christie, Callum McGregor and Olivier Ntcham. Also, Lennon has brought in another midfielder this summer in Luca Connell, who was signed from Bolton.
Robertson can take hope from seeing the likes of Johnston and Kieran Tierney graduating from the academy to gain frequent first-team action at Celtic, and he should benefit from his exposure to a first-team environment in pre-season.
Also, the club clearly rate him highly by giving him a new two-year deal, but having not made a competitive senior appearance so far, it appears that his best chance of regular game-time next season would be on loan elsewhere.
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