Ian Murray has told Thomas Robert that he would be better off staying at Airdrieonians, despite reported interest from both Rangers and Celtic.
Both clubs have been keeping a watchful eye on the player’s development following his surprise move to Scotland over the summer.
Speaking about the player’s future, Murray told Lanarkshire Live Sport, as reported by the Daily Record, that Robert should stay put for now, “Does he need more upheaval of going somewhere else at this time? At this time, I would say absolutely not.
“But I’m speaking as the manager of Airdrie, who wants the best players on my team. He might see things totally differently.”
Murray has also said that there are so many clubs trying to get in to see Robert at the moment that they’ve had to turn some away.
Robert had offers in France and interest in Germany before his move to Scotland. He reportedly turned down a four-year deal with Montpellier in order to complete the move to Airdrie.
Alex Bruce told Ibrox News back in May that the “exciting” winger would be a good signing for Rangers.
Like father like son
If Robert’s early season form is anything to go by, he could be about to enjoy a very successful career like this dad, Laurent Robert.
The 20-year-old has two assists and two goals in League One this season after just seven games for Airdrie.
With another goal coming in the League Cup, it does not appear as if Robert has had any trouble settling into life in Scotland.
Should his form continue in this vein, then it will come as no surprise to see both Rangers and Celtic consider moves to sign the winger.
Murray makes a very valid argument about the importance of consistency and game time for the young winger.
After turning down big deals elsewhere in Europe, Robert clearly has some level of belief in the club.
If he were to leave so soon, a loan deal to re-join the club – where he could continue getting regular first-team football – would be a sensible move for all parties.
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