Rangers linked midfielder Thomas Robert has joined Airdrieonians from Montpellier in a deal the Scottish club has labelled a ‘sensational transfer coup’ [Airdriefc.com].
Back in May, a Chronicle Live report claimed that both Rangers and Celtic were interested in the teenager, who was tipped to be offered to Newcastle United, the club at which his father, Laurent, became a cult hero in the early 2000s.
In the end, though, he left Ligue 1 not for the Premier League or the Scottish Premiership, but for SPFL League One.
Airdrieonians announced the signing at on Thursday afternoon, and while they didn’t specify the length of the player’s contract, they did venture to suggest he had turned down offers from clubs with much higher standing in the game.
It’s claimed that he turned down an offer of a four-year contract at Montpellier as well as deals with other Ligue 1 and Bundesliga clubs in favour of joining the Diamonds.
The Diamonds have landed a sensational transfer coup by securing the signature of French midfielder Thomas Robert amid interest from top-flight clubs around Europe. https://t.co/oYVPwm9bXe pic.twitter.com/HFUvRYs9nZ
— Airdrieonians FC (@AirdrieoniansFC) July 9, 2020
“I’m very happy to sign for Airdrie, it’s a club with a good structure and a good stadium,” said Robert, as quoted by Airdriefc.com.
“I think this is a good opportunity for me to come to the UK and play first-team football.
“When I met with the people at the club I got a good feeling from them – and for this reason, I think it will be a good platform for me to come and show my abilities in a competitive league.”
The player’s appetite for regular football is commendable but this has to go down as a bizarre transfer move.
Perhaps there has been some embellishment regarding the number of other offers on the table and it’s unclear whether either Rangers or Celtic had any genuine interest in the former Montpellier starlet.
Even still, though, it’s not every day you see a young player go from the UEFA Youth League to the Scottish third tier.