Scottish champions Celtic remain atop the table heading into the World Cup break, with Hoops boss Ange Postecoglou set to keep his charges fit and firing in the coming weeks with a trip to Australia to take part in the Sydney Super Cup.
One man who will be part of the travelling party for that mid-season voyage is promising midfielder Scott Robertson, with the former Australia head coach confirming that the 21-year-old – as well as Bosun Lawal and Rocco Vata – will “get some game time” on the trip.
The young Scotsman is yet to feature for the Old Firm outfit this season, although was named on the bench for the two Champions League meetings with RB Leipzig, with his solitary senior appearance for the club having come in the Europa League against CFR Cluj back in 2019.
Since then, the 6 foot 1 starlet has been unable to truly force his way into the first-team fold, although did enjoy loan spells south of the border in recent seasons with Gillingham, Doncaster Rovers and Crewe Alexandra.
That latter temporary stint with the Alex last season was cruelly cut short due to injury, however, the Lenzie-born ace certainly made his mark in his 23 outings for the EFL outfit, scoring twice and laying on one assist.
Robertson had quickly made an impression at Crewe having been lauded by boss David Artell following his league debut for the club back in September, in which the youngster suffered a notable blow to the face, stating: “I thought that Scott Robertson was the best player on the pitch. He was terrific…
“He is a tough lad. I spoke to one of their players after the game and he was telling me how strong he thought Scott was and not just because he had his teeth virtually knocked out either!
“He was impressed with his performance and so were we.”
That assessment of the midfielder’s strength and tenacity suggests that those at Parkhead could well have another Scott Brown on their hands, with the former Bhoys skipper having been a truly ferocious customer during his lengthy, glittering spell in Glasgow.
The now-retired menace racked up 611 appearances in all competitions for the Scottish giants after joining from Hibernian in 2008, going on to score 46 goals and provide 63 assists, while also swooping a plethora of major honours.
The former Scotland international – who left Paradise last summer in order to join Aberdeen – was no stranger to a firm challenge nor a war of words with an opponent, having been dubbed the ‘hardest man in football’ at one stage, as per GOAL.
If young Robertson can replicate his one-time teammate’s fearless edge he could well go on to be a success at Celtic Park, having even been on the receiving end of praise from Brown a few years ago, with the current Fleetwood Town boss stating:
“He’s very relaxed and conducts himself with professionalism, he’s not big-time and I think he’s got a really bright future ahead of him”.
While it has been a long wait since the academy graduate’s debut to add to his tally of appearances, this upcoming trip to Australia could well prove a vital chance to impress Postecoglou.