Published: 13:00, 16 September 2020
| Updated: 13:18, 16 September 2020
Recent loan addition Scott Robertson is hoping his new manager’s football allegiance will make his stay in Gillingham easier.
Steve Evans returned to his boyhood club Celtic to sign Robertson on loan for the season and fans watching from home got a taste of what’s to come, with a man-of-the-match performance from the 19-year-old.
Robertson is currently holed up in a hotel when he’s not training or playing and a long way from home but he’s never far from a familiar voice.
“I knew he was a fan and it probably helps because he wants to look after a young Celtic player” said Robertson.
“All the boys have been good with me, they have made me feel at home straight away, which is important for a loan player coming down.
“There are just so many names to try and remember!”
He took the option to move into the EFL for a season after beign told his game-time at the Parkhead club would be limited.
“He (Neil Lennon, the Celtic manager) just wanted me to play first team games as early as possible and he was honest with me, he said he couldn’t guarantee me that, with Celtic. I appreciated that.
“I am here to get game time at a good standard, which was important, especially for a teenager like myself.”
Robertson made his first start for the Gills on Tuesday, in the Carabao Cup win over Coventry City.
The midfielder got better as the game progressed, showing confidence to get on the ball, take shots at goal and take responsibility from set-pieces, and he helped the Gills get back into the game late on. The youngster then buried one of the spot-kicks, sending the keeper the wrong way, as Gillingham won the shootout 5-4.
Speaking after the win, he said: “I think after the first 20 minutes we were very good at what we did and it’s a cup tie so if you take your chances in the last minute that’s what happens. They popped the ball around nicely in those first 20 minutes but once we got to terms with that I thought we were okay.”
Robertson says he likes to get on the ball and makes things happen, commenting: “Lots of midfielders take the easy option in passing it back but I like to think of myself as a positive player.”