Belgian club Royal Excel Mouscron have signed 21-year-old Thomas Robert following his spell at Scottish League One side Airdrieonians and Celtic interest.

Celtic had taken the winger on trial earlier this year with a view to signing him from Ian Murray’s side. Robert also took in trial spells at English Premier League clubs but he has now moved overseas to join Mouscron in the second tier of Belgian football.

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

He signs on a deal until the summer of 2023. Robert joined Airdrie last season after rejecting a new contract at French Ligue 1 club Montpellier. His potential was on show throughout his time in North Lanarkshire and the ‘Diamonds’ were always viewed as a stepping stone for Robert to boost his career. He made 15 appearances for Airdrie.

A Mouscron statement on Robert’s move states: “Thomas Robert, a young right winger trained in Montpellier has joined the ranks of Excel Mouscron by signing a lease until June 2023 with an additional year as an option.

“Last season, he played in the Scottish Second Division with Airdrieonians. Right-handed, he can evolve on the left as well as on the right his speed and his technique are his main qualities.”

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