‘PROVE HIM WRONG,’ YOUNG CELT’S ANGE AMBITION

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SCOTT ROBERTSON is determined to prove Ange Postecoglou wrong as he prepares to leave Celtic.

The 21-year-old midfielder has been told he will not receive a new contract and he will be free to talk to interested clubs in next month’s transfer window, as CQN reported earlier this week.

Robertson hasn’t kicked a ball in competitive action for the champions this season and he accepts his time at Parkhead is at an end after being handed his debut by ex-boss Neil Lennon as an 18 year old in a Europa League match against Cluj in Romania in December 2019.

The anchorman, who has had loan spells at English lower league clubs Gillingham, Doncaster and Crewe, said: “I’m weirdly looking forward to getting a new team, facing a fresh challenge and playing regularly.

EURO DEBUT…Scott Robertson in action against Cluj in Romania in December 2019.

“The manager will have a meeting with me to tell me what’s been decided, but I’m already aware of the situation.

“My agent told me last week after he’d been on a phone call with the manager and chief executive Michael Nicholson and they told him I couldn’t be guaranteed game time and there wouldn’t be a contract extension next summer.

“I’ve missed that feeling of getting ready for a game on a Saturday and gaining that consistency which playing week after week brings.

“Whether I move in January or in the summer remains to be seen, but I’m excited about what the future will bring. It’s about waiting to see if the right club comes along and taking careful consideration of the options out there.”

Robertson, speaking to the Daily Record, continued: “Ever since the gaffer came into Celtic he’s spoken about trying to build something special. Part and parcel of that is bringing new players in and others will leave.

“It’s a brutal business and this January will see others come and go and it’s just the nature of football.

“I wouldn’t use the word ‘frustration’ over my attempts to become a first-team regular, but you are always told as a young player here you need to be better than all of the players who are brought in.

“That’s a fact of life at a club of this size and the challenge to every academy player – and it’s easier said than done.

“You know what you are letting yourself in for and the gaffer believes he has better players than myself in the midfield positions and I need to respect that.”

FIT AND RARIN’ TO GO…Scott Robertson and Anthony Ralston prepare for training at Lennoxtown.

Robertson added: “It’s now my job to go on in my career and prove him wrong. The biggest thing for me over the last four months has been training every week and knowing it’s going to take a few injuries for me to get a first-team game.

“I couldn’t have asked for a better grounding.

“Playing against CFR Cluj in a Europa League group stage game under Neil Lennon in 2019 was a real highlight, but I’ve got to ensure there is a new and successful chapter about to open for me.

“Celtic are a massive club and carry a large squad and the competition for a start is so fierce it’ll always mean it’s tough for any young player, but you wouldn’t swap the chance to try and do that for anything.”

The skilful holding middle-of-the-park operator has already been linked with former Celtic captain Scott Brown who is now in charge of English third-tier outfit Fleetwood Town.

St Mirren boss Stephen Robinson is also monitoring the youngster’s situation and there is a possibility the Hoops will release him from his contract next month to allow him to get fixed up.

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