SCOTT ROBERTSON returned to training with the Celtic first-team squad at the end of last week.
The midfielder has yet to kick a ball in the top side this season and is out of contract in the summer. He will be able to talk to interested clubs at the start of next month.
Robertson made a fleeting 23-minute appearance after replacing David Turnbull in the 2-1 loss to FC Sydney in Australia 18 days ago.
However, there appears to be no movement on the contractual front for the 21-year-old anchorman who had had previous loans spells at Doncaster Rovers, Gillingham and Crewe.
HERE WE GO AGAIN…Scott Robertson and Anthony Ralston at Lennoxtown on Friday as the Celtic players returned to training.
IT TAKES TWO…Scott Robertson and Aaron Mooy prepare for training earlier in the season. Images courtesy Celtic TV.
He was returned early to the Hoops in March after suffering a cartilage injury at League One Crewe.
Thankfully, Robertson, who was introduced to the first team as an 18-year-old by Neil Lennon in a 2-0 loss to Cluj in Romania in a Europa League outing in December 2019, made a full recovery.
But a first-team place appears to be a forlorn hope for the Lenzie-born player, especially after Ange Postecoglou brought in two holding midfielders in Aaron Mooy and Oliver Abildgaard in the August transfer window.
Yosuke Ideguchi arrived along with J-League colleagues Reo Hatate and Daizen Maeda at the turn of the year and James McCarthy had been recruited the previous summer after leaving Crystal Palace.
Robertson has made 58 appearances across the board during his temporary stints in the lower reaches of English football.
His future at the champions remains clouded in mystery although he does appear to figure in the manager’s thinking with his involvement with the squad at Lennoxtown on a daily basis.
DEBUT BHOY…Scott Robertson in action during his introduction to the Celtic first team in a European clash against Cluj in Romania three years ago.
At the start of July, CQN compiled a list of 10 players we believed would be heading for the Celtic exit before the midnight deadline on September 1.
Nine players on our roll call of possible departures did make the move on either permanent or temporary arrangements.
Christopher Jullien (Montpellier), Boli Bolingoli (Mechelen) and Ross Doohan (Tranmere Rovers) decided their futures lay elsewhere.
Going out on loan went Mikey Johnston (Vitoria Guimaraes), Albian Ajeti (Sturm Graz), Ismaila Soro (FC Arouca), Osaze Urhoghide (KV Oostende), Liam Shaw (Morecambe) and Johnny Kenny (Queen’s Park).
Robertson was the one name that missed the cut.
The next few weeks could at last determine the middle-of-the-park operator’s future at Celtic.