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Celtic have a “gem” in Scott Robertson, Crewe Alexandra boss David Artell has told NewsChain of a man who has made a fine start to life on loan at the League One outfit. 

You only have to look at Robertson’s performance during a Europa League dead-rubber with CFR Cluj in December 2019 to see what Artell sees in the Parkhead academy graduate. 

Robertson, making his senior debut at the age of just 18, went about his business like a seasoned veteran rather than a wide-eyed youngster who had never kicked a ball in professional football before. 

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Calm, cultured and composed in possession, Robertson barely put a foot wrong during his 90 minutes on Romanian soil. 

It was the sort of performance that sticks with you.

It may come as a surprise, then, to learn Robertson has failed to play another senior game in Celtic colours. Almost two years on, the probing, deep-lying playmaker is on loan at Crewe, honing his talents at a club famed south of the border for youth development and a positive, forward-thinking style of football. 

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“I thought Scott Robertson was the best player on the pitch,” Artell said after Saturday’s 2-0 victory over Burton Albion, a game in which another loanee, Tottenham Hotspur’s J’Neil Bennett, scored both goals.  

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“(Robertson) is reliable in possession, he is tenacious in defence and he can pick a pass. 

“I’m not sure what the new Celtic manager is looking for but he’s got a gem there. He’s certainly a good player for us and we’re delighted to have him here for the season.” 

It just so happens Ange Postecoglou, the Celtic boss, is looking for a player like Robertson, a dearth of options in that number six role exposed brutally during the injury-enforced absence of talisman Callum McGregor. 

Ismaila Soro looked all at sea during Thursday’s 4-3 defeat to Real Betis, while James McCarthy looked exactly like an injury-hit 30-year-old adapting to a completely new style of football at Livingston yesterday. 

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