Glasgow Rangers have been given a major boost in the race to sign Thomas Robert, after Airdrie director of football Stuart Millar said it is “no surprise” that he has been linked with a move away from New Broomfield.
According to The Scottish Sun, Hibernian and Hearts are keeping tabs on the midfielder, whilst Celtic have also shown a keen interest in acquiring his services.
Robert, who is the son of former Newcastle United star Laurent, has been in such fine form since he arrived at the Diamonds from Montpellier in the summer.
And with recent reports suggesting that Rangers have entered the race to sign Robert in January, they have received a major boost as the League One side seem resigned to his fate.
Millar said: “We are aware a number of clubs are monitoring Thomas Robert’s situation, which is no great surprise considering the impact the young lad has had in a short space of time at our club, winning both our club and divisional player of the month awards.”
With the Diamonds seemingly admitting defeat, Rangers will have to act quickly if they want to lure him to Ibrox in the winter transfer window.
Robert, 20, is a Parisian-born right-winger who has shown signs of early promise at New Broomfield, whilst his contract is set to expire next summer, which means both sides of the Old Firm could secure his services on a pre-contract deal if they can reach an agreement with his representatives.
In 11 appearances so far this season, the youngster has scored three goals and supplied two assists in the league. In stark contrast, Jordan Jones has managed just one goal in four games for the Gers in all competitions, via Transfermarkt.
Millar was effusive in his praise for the Frenchman after he turned down a four-year deal with Montpellier to agree terms with the Diamonds, saying: “We are delighted to get someone to the club who is the stature of Thomas Robert. He comes from a top football background with his father having played in the Premier League, for PSG and for the French national team. It’s a major signing coup for the club and we are absolutely thrilled. He had the option to sign a four-year deal with Montpellier but didn’t want to be playing under-23 football. He wanted to go overseas and test himself.
“He could have played for any team in Europe, really, he had two teams from the Bundesliga trying to tempt him just last week but this was agreed and waiting approval from the French football authorities. He came to the club and was impressed and decided this was the place he wanted to play his football. He is a talent and comes with a real pedigree. He could play anywhere he wants, he is that good.”
It’s fair to say that Robert could turn out to be an absolute bargain if Ross Wilson can get a deal over the line in January, as his sell-on value will continue to rise if he can maintain his current run of form.
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