Reported Glasgow Rangers target Thomas Robert says the opportunity to play for a club like the Ibrox outfit would be a “dream” for him.
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 – and current Montpellier coach – Laurent Robert.
After impressing for Montpellier in the UEFA Youth League, 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.
Airdrie manager Ian Murray recently suggested that there was something in the rumours and now the player himself has responded to the speculation.
“I’ve heard about this but I don’t like to focus on it,” Robert told the Scottish Daily Mail, as cited in the Daily Record. “I just try to do my best for the team, score goals and enjoy being on the pitch.
“We’ll see what happens in the future. I don’t look further than winning the next game. The most important thing is, first of all, to prove myself with Airdrie and after, of course, it’s a dream for me to play with a big team like Celtic, Rangers or in the English Premier League.
“If one day I sign for a big team, it won’t be because of my dad (former Newcastle United midfielder Laurent Robert). That’s why I’ve signed here. One day I’d like people just to say ‘Thomas Robert’, not the son of the superstar.”
While it initially looked like Rangers missed out on Robert, it’s actually worked out well for them in a way – Airdrie is very much a stepping stone for him, and given he’s playing in Scotland, scouts from Ibrox would’ve been able to keep tabs on him easily.
Robert told Sky Sports in May that he needs “to prove to everybody that I can play in a bigger team” and admitted that his dream is to play in the English Premier League, while his father said: “I know he has the quality to play at the highest level.”
And as he has proven he’s a cut above at Airdrie, he’d certainly be a good shout for the team seemingly destined for the Scottish Premiership title this season.