Celtic have been dealt a major blow in their pursuit of Airdrieonians winger Thomas Robert, following news that his trial period at Premier League outfit Burnley has been extended [Daily Record].
The Lowdown: Ange Postecoglou gets busy ahead of 2021/22
Stepping into the Parkhead hot-seat with plenty work to do, newly appointed Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou will undoubtedly be doing his due diligence on potential recruits, whether they are from afar or on his doorstep.
However, one man who now looks unlikely to make the switch to the Scottish giants is 20-year-old Robert owing to recent reports, despite extensive links to the Glasgow giants over the last six months.
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The Latest: Robert has Burnley trial extended
Initially, the Frenchman looked odds on to put pen to paper at Parkhead following a trial spell earlier at Lennoxtown this year [Glasgow Times].
Despite this, the deal stalled due to structural changes within the Hoops off the field, eventually resulting in Robert making the journey back to Airdrie for the rest of the 2020/21 campaign [Daily Record].
Taking advantage of the dynamic, Burnley decided to take the former Montpellier man on trial at the start of 2021/22, and have now decided to extend his assessment period as well as including him in their B squad for a pre-season tour of Scotland [Daily Record].
The Verdict: Losing out on Robert would be a bitter blow for the Parkhead hierarchy
If Celtic were indeed to lose out on Robert, it would come as a blow to the Parkhead hierarchy due to their lack of depth in wide positions.
Predominantly a right-winger, the youngster enjoyed a productive season last term, registering seven goal contributions in 26 appearances; four goals and three assists [Transfermarkt].
Albeit probably one for the future, his ability to finish effortlessly has to be admired, not least his excellent effort against Forfar Athletic in November 2020.
Once labelled as ‘brilliant’ by former teammate Leon McCann, Celtic should look to make a move for the tricky winger before it is too late [Daily Record].
In other news, Noel Whelan has dropped his verdict on a Celtic star.
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