10 years ago, Celtic released a 15-year-old schoolboy called Andrew Robertson. A decade on and he has been described as the best left-back in Europe by his current manager Jurgen Klopp, The Daily Record reports.
Robertson rebuilt his career after leaving Celtic, playing for Queen’s Park, Dundee United, Hull City and now Liverpool. The Scotland international is a Champions League winner and Klopp says that he “[doesn’t] know if there was a better left-back in Europe last year”.
Liverpool boss Klopp is confused by Celtic’s decision to let Robertson leave in 2009. The 25-year-old is now at the top of his game and he could have been a first-team star for his boyhood club.
Speaking about Celtic’s Robertson decision, Klopp said (via The Daily Record): “It’s so difficult to understand when you look at him now that anyone could ever have let him go. Left-back is such an important position and I don’t think in Scotland they have 500 of them, do they?
“So, it’s hard to imagine how you can give up on a boy like this. It cannot be his personality or character. It cannot be his speed because he was always quick. It cannot be the quality of his left foot because it was always brilliant when he played for Hull and when I saw him play for Dundee United.”
At the age of 15, it is difficult to tell who is going to make it and who will fail to cut it at the top level. But this situation needs to act as a lesson for Celtic; perhaps they were a bit too hasty.
There are players that are worth persevering with. Robertson seems like a dedicated player with a willingness to improve. And Liverpool are getting the best out of the ex-Celtic schoolboy, who is still in the prime of his career.