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Celtic midfielder Scott Robertson gets Gillingham loan off to a flyer

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Scott Robertson produced a standout performance as he made his first start for Gillingham in their Carabao Cup win over Coventry City.

The Celtic loan midfielder grew into the game after the Gills endured a torrid opening and received high praise from manager Steve Evans.

Scott Robertson up against Coventry's Will Bapaga Picture: Barry Goodwin
Scott Robertson up against Coventry's Will Bapaga Picture: Barry Goodwin

Robertson, 19, has much to learn, which is why he’s been loaned out to the Gills, but Tuesday’s showing suggested he’s already got plenty to offer.

“He’s a player,” said Gillingham manager Steve Evans.

“He is a kid in a man’s body and I am pleased we got him.

“I am not going to build him up to what he is not, he is a young players who has come from a great club and he has got great potential but potential never got you playing for that great club on a regular basis.

“I will speak to Lenny (Neil Lennon, Celtic manager) and I will let him know my thoughts. A lot of the game he was good, he has to move it a little quicker, he has to be a bit sharper, but when he does that he will be very, very good.

“It would have been nice to see him in there with O’Keefe and Dempsey (Gills’ injured midfield pair), that’s for sure.”

Robertson suffered an injury too, after getting a knee in the back, and Evans will be hoping he can be fit enough to face Wigan Athletic in League 1 on Saturday.

Evans noted where the player needed to improve but was glowing in his assessment of the 19-year-old, saying: “I thought the kid was tremendous, as the game went on he looked a proper player and you can understand why he has played in the Celtic first team when you see him play like that. He and a few others dragged us back into the cup tie.

“The biggest thing I could say about him was that he could have played in that Coventry side and in Mark Robins’ first XI, he was outstanding from start to finish.

“The longer the game went the better he got. He burst forward and showed different parts to his game.”

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