Scott Robertson returned to England on transfer deadline day on another loan, this time from Premier League side Crewe Alexandra, in high spirits after having the chance to work with New Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou during of the pre-season and the first month or so of the new campaign.
Crewe midfielder Alexandra Scott Robertson is interviewed during the EFL Trophy match between Shrewsbury Town and Crewe Alexandra at Montgomery Waters Meadow, Shrewsbury, England on August 31, 2021. Photo Kevin Warburton PSI
And probably speaking on behalf of all the young players at the club, Robertson explained how encouraged they are all to work under the Australian and hear him tell them age is not a barrier to breaking into his Celtic team. And Robertson notes that Postecoglou has kept his word, pointing to the emergence of Adam Montgomery as the first team regular under the new manager as proof that there is now an open door for academy players to play for the first team. if they prove to be good enough for selection.
. Crewe midfielder Alexandra Scott Robertson passes the ball during the EFL Trophy match between Shrewsbury Town and Crewe Alexandra at Montgomery Waters Meadow, Shrewsbury, England on August 31, 2021. Photo Kevin Warburton PSI
This may not have been the case in recent years as the club have focused on the quest for a tenth consecutive title.
“From day one the new manager arrived he told us that whatever your age, if you’re good enough you’ll play for him,” Robertson said in an interview with today’s Daily Record. “It was great to hear him say that. He said we would have opportunities and I think he has already shown that with Adam’s promotion to the first team he is living up to his word.
“I wasn’t surprised to see Adam being thrown into the deep end so early, no one at Celtic was. The manager has shown that he has confidence in himself and a huge young player, ”Robertson continued. “He’s shown by his performances so far this season that he’s been up to the job and it’s been an inspiration to the young boys who see what can happen.
Celtic’s Adam Montgomery in action at Ibrox
“It also shows that the manager is someone who is ready to look at the academy and give young people an opportunity. The big moment for Adam came when he played in Europe against Midtjyland as a substitute and he showed his temper is strong enough to cope. Then he was excellent against AZ Alkmaar, he fitted in perfectly and didn’t seem out of place at all.
“From day one, the manager was able to get his messages across very quickly, the points he wanted to make are well understood. He wants us to play football the right way, it’s about keeping the ball and pressing high on the pitch.
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“He wants the midfielders on the ball and for me that’s great because it’s one of my strengths to have the ball and pass it. From my point of view, it’s awesome. He doesn’t like that you take too many keys and end up having to go back. He wants you to lift your head as soon as possible and pass the ball through the lines. “
Adam Montgomery during the Europa League play-off match between Celtic and AZ Alkmaar at Celtic Park on August 18, 2021. Photo VI ANP Sport
Robertson also recalled that Montgomery had to try his hand at winger-to-full-back in order to transition to first-team football. “When Adam joined Celtic, he was a winger, a right winger or a left winger. As a young player in recent years he has been brilliant and what has shone is the technical side of his game. It is only since he was brought back into the left-back role that he prospered. It’s a position that suits him better.
“The most important thing as a footballer is the technical side of your game, Adam has it in abundance, so when he came back to defense it made the transition a lot easier.
“It makes things a lot easier as a defender if you’re comfortable with the ball, but there will be other aspects of the defensive side of the game that he will have to put in like any young player.”