Robert, son of former French star Laurent Robert, arrived in North Lanarkshire from Ligue 1 Montpellier. It was said that he rejected deals in France’s top-flight to pursue senior football and Airdrie was his choice.
Many scoffed at the idea of the winger rejecting offers from England and France to play League One football with Airdrie. But it has proven beneficial, Robert shining at senior level.
Now there are several chasing him, Celtic, Dundee United, Hearts, Hibs and Rangers are all said to be interested in his services, while interest from south of the border lingers.
Celtic have gone as far as watching Robert on two separate occasions. The Hoops’ head of recruitment Nick Hammond watched the Frenchman against East Fife last weekend and scout Tosh McKinlay watched him against Montrose on Saturday.
Since moving to North Lanarkshire, Roberts has featured 11 times, scoring against Premiership opposition in Livingston earlier this season during the League Cup group stages.
Ian Murray’s side lost at the weekend, suffering a 1-0 defeat at home to Montrose, a poor run of form extended to one win in six matches.
Robert played 73 minutes as a Russell McLean effort split the sides at the Penny Cars Stadium. The Diamonds currently sit in sixth, three points outside the promotion play-off spots as the continue to fight for a long-awaited return to the second tier of Scottish football.