The manager of reported Glasgow Rangers target Thomas Robert has played down speculation linking the winger with a January switch to Ibrox or elsewhere.
In the summer, Rangers and Celtic were both touted as possible destinations for the 20-year-old, the son of former PSG, Newcastle and France winger Laurent Robert.
After impressing for Montpellier in the UEFA Youth League, English outlet Chronicle Live claimed that he alerted both Neil Lennon’s Celtic and Steven Gerrard’s Rangers, plus Newcastle south of the border.
Robert made a somewhat unexpected move in the end, linking up with League One side Airdrieonians, but he has done so well that he’s already being tipped for a move elsewhere, with the Light Blues and the Hoops both reportedly after him again.
However, Ian Murray is confident that Airdrie will retain Robert’s services for the rest of the season, questioning whether teams will take a gamble on the player after just 13 games in Scottish football, even though he has claimed four goals and two assists.
“I’m pretty confident [he will stay],” Murray told the Daily Record. “There’s a lot of publicity around Thomas, he’s done really well, but he’s only played about 12 or 13 games or something like that.
“He still needs to play more games and he’s playing at Airdrie, so I don’t see any reason why Thomas would want to leave at this stage, and I’m not sure that teams will take such a gamble on 13 games.
“There’s no question about it, he’s a talented player, and he has done really well.”
Earlier this week, Robert said the prospect of playing for a big club like Rangers – or Celtic, or an English Premier League team – would be a “dream”, and there’s no doubt that Airdrie is a stepping stone for the young attacker.
That said, Murray has a point – Robert would be somewhat of a gamble at this stage, and it’s not like he’d be thrown in at the deep end for a club like Rangers, so it would make more sense to hang on until the end of the season, assessing how he’s done at that point.