If Celtic fans have got one eye on Liverpool’s Premier League clash against Manchester United, then they might feel a tinge of regret at seeing Andy Robertson doing so well for the Reds.
The left-back initially joined the Hoops’ academy all the way back in 2003, before the Hoops decided against offering him terms to stay at Parkhead.
Indeed, speaking in 2013, the defender himself said: “I was let go by Celtic at U15 level for being too small. That was the reason they gave me anyway. Being told that by Celtic made me determined to succeed. It was hard to take, nobody wants to get told they are not at that club any more, and my confidence took a hit.”
Following his move to Dundee United, Robertson admitted that his Parkhead exit shaped him into the player he is now, saying: “If Celtic hadn’t let me go, would I be where I am now I’m grateful because I’m at United but I didn’t plan on leaving Celtic. The way it has gone, though, I’m glad things turned out this way.”
After his stint there, the full-back made the move down south, where he linked up with Steve Bruce at Hull City, helping the Tigers earn promotion to the Premier League and enjoying one season in the top-flight.
Those performances were enough to him a high-profile move to Liverpool, where he has been nothing short of a revelation for Jurgen Klopp’s side.
Speaking after his arrival back in 2017, Klopp himself raved: “For Andrew this is another big step on what has been a quite incredible personal journey in a very short space of time.
“I love his story; where he has come from professionally to reach this point. When you speak to him it is clear why he makes his progress. He has a burning love for playing football – he really loves the game. His attitude is outstanding – absolutely outstanding. His talent and skills – also very, very good.”
If Robertson’s talents were “very, very good” back then, then they have certainly gone up a notch in the following years, with the now 56-cap Scotland international turning himself into a real world-beater and one of the best left-backs around.
In just 215 games for the Reds, he has managed a whopping 52 assists, forming one of the most devastating duos in world football with Trent Alexander-Arnold on the opposite flank.
With Robertson in the side and being a menacing presence going forward, Liverpool have been one of the best sides in Europe over these past few seasons, winning the Premier League and Champions League, and also being set for an unprecedented quadruple this year too.
Now valued at a whopping £60m by CIES, Robertson has certainly proven why he could be Celtic’s biggest blunder in recent memory.