Thomas Robert, courted by Celtic and Rangers, talked about his future and emphasized that, on his own merits, he wants to write a success story – and not because his father is one.
The famous father of the playmaker, Laurent Robert, played during his career for Newcastle in the Premier League and for clubs such as PSG and Benfica, and Thomas hopes to follow in his footsteps.
However, in so doing, due to his own skills, the Airdrie man still wants to make his own name and be a star on the pitch. “In France it was always difficult because a lot of my teammates said I was only on the pitch because of my dad,” he told the Daily Mail.
“At Airdrie, not once did a teammate talk about my father. His name has never been a problem for me here. In France, it was always difficult to play with my name on my back. My father’s career is behind him. When I’m on the court, it’s not him who plays. It’s me who has to prove it. It doesn’t matter if my father played for Newcastle or PSG.”
After leaving Montpellier and signing for the Diamonds in League One, Robert has been associated with both sides of the Old Firm in recent weeks. And he disclosed his reasons for choosing to play in the third tier of Scottish soccer, a coup when Airdrie managed to obtain his signature.
He added: “Airdrie was the best when my agent and I looked at my options. I could prove myself against men there. It’s not important for me to be with a big team if I’m just on the bench. If you play every week, you can only improve.”
I have proved myself at Airdrie already. I think I’ve shown that I can play at a higher level. I love this country and I love soccer in Scotland. Coming here is the best possible decision I could have made.
“The young man added to the interest of Celtic and Rangers: “I read about it, but I don’t want to dwell on it. I just try and do my best for the squad, score goals and enjoy being on the field.
“We will see what happens in the future. I’m not looking any further than winning the next game. The most important thing is first to prove myself at Airdrie and after that, of course, it’s a dream for me to play for a big team like Celtic, Rangers or in the English Premier League.”