A player reportedly on the radar of Glasgow sides Rangers and Celtic has made a decision on his future – and it’s somewhat mixed news for both Ibrox and Parkhead.
Rangers and Celtic were both touted as possible destinations for Montpellier attacker Thomas Robert, the son of former PSG, Newcastle and France winger – and current Montpellier coach – Laurent Robert.
The 19-year-old was available on a free transfer this summer and, after impressing in the UEFA Youth League, Chronicle Live claims that he alerted both Neil Lennon’s Celtic and Steven Gerrard’s Rangers, plus Newcastle south of the border.
Sadly, Rangers and Celtic haven’t managed to snap Robert up, but he will nonetheless be plying his trade in Scotland – with League One side Airdrieonians.
The Diamonds confirmed Robert’s signing on Thursday, describing it as a “sensational transfer coup” despite “interest from top-flight clubs around Europe.”
Able play on either flank or as a number ten behind a centre-forward, Robert was part of Montpellier’s first-team squad last season but wasn’t given a game, and the desire for regular first-team football is what prompted him to make the decision that he has.
While it may seem like Rangers and Celtic have missed out, it’s actually worked out well for them in a way – Airdrie is very much a stepping stone for Robert, and given he’ll be playing in Scotland, scouts from Ibrox and Parkhead can 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.”
If he does well at Airdrie, he could then make the step up to Rangers or Celtic next, and further down the line, head down south.