Airdrie manager Ian Murray says he won’t stand in the way of Thomas Robert’s ambition after the French youngster impressed at Celtic Park.

The Parkhead side took the League One winger on trial recently, Robert training with Celtic over the last fortnight. Aberdeen have also expressed a big interest in the Diamonds star who is now back in North Lanarkshire ahead of the League One restart this month.

Celtic have taken him on trial

Taken on trial by Celtic.

Murray says the trial has been a success and that he would not stand in the way of a potential move: “I can provide clarity on Thomas being in with Celtic and training with them. It’s brilliant for him personally and brilliant for the club because it shows that we are doing something right.

“It was a no-brainer to let him go on trial with Celtic. It was a chance for Thomas to showcase himself and train with top level players and coaches. He was in a top level training environment which is second to none. He was working with top players and for any footballer, it’s an exciting time time to do that.

“It’s testament to Thomas, his teammates and the club because we are starting to build those connections. We are not going to stand in players’ way or beg them to stay. We will always be honest with our players, give them the chance to play but they have to take it.

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“It’s not a conveyor belt but we are completely transparent with our players but there will be a time when we want to keep them as well. We’ve done really well in that aspect but the hard thing is finding the next one.”

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