He’s aware of the likes of Celtic chasing his tail – but Thomas Robert says stepping out his dad’s shadow and Airdrie success will come first before that.

The French kid turned down a new contract at Ligue 1 Montpellier to play senior football in League One with Airdrie this term. It’s a move that has paid off, attracting scouting missions from Celtic and interest from several teams down south.

Robert is wanted by Celtic.

Robert is wanted by Celtic. (Photo by Craig Foy/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Son of former French star Laurent Robert, the 20-year-old wants to make his own name in the game: “In France, it was always difficult because many of my team-mates said I was only on the pitch because of my dad .At Airdrie, there hasn’t been a single time that a team-mate has spoken about my dad.

“His name has never been a problem for me here. In France, it was always difficult to play with the name on my back. My dad has had his career. If I’m on the pitch, it’s not him playing. It’s me who has to prove it. It doesn’t matter if my dad played for Newcastle and PSG.”

 

Robert acknowledges speculation around his future but he says it isn’t his primary ‘focus’ just now (Daily Mail): “I’ve heard about this but I don’t like to focus on it. I just try to do my best for the team, score goals and enjoy being on the pitch.

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Keeping grounded. (Photo by Craig Foy/SNS Group via Getty Images)

“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. That’s why I’ve signed here. One day I’d like people just to say ‘Thomas Robert’, not the son of the superstar.”

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