Rangers-linked starlet Thomas Robert is on trial at Burnley and was at Auchenhowie for a friendly last week, according to the Daily Record.
The 20-year-old son of former Newcastle United cult hero Laurent Robert left Ligue 1 club Montpellier to join SPFL League One outfit Airdrieonians last summer with the aim of building up first-team experience.
He made 26 appearances in his maiden season for the Diamonds, scoring four goals and notching three assists, and was labelled ‘amazing’ and ‘technically brilliant’ by then-teammate Leon McCann [Daily Record].
In December, the Scottish Sun reported that Rangers, Celtic and several other Premiership clubs were monitoring Robert and the player himself suggested in January that a move to either Old Firm club would be a ‘dream’ [Daily Record].
Celtic made a move in March, taking the Frenchman on trial, but he returned to Airdrie without a decision being made due to the managerial upheaval at Parkhead.
Now, it looks as though he could well be heading south of the border, as the Daily Record reports that he’s on trial at Burnley and has had his stint there extended despite the fact that Airdrie’s season is already underway.
Burnley U23s fielded six trialists in their 4-2 defeat to Rangers B at Auchenhowie last week and the report claims that Robert started both that game and a clash against Ayr United.
The extension of his trial suggests that he’s impressed so far and he may only be a few strong training sessions away from earning a deal with the Clarets.
It’s a slightly bizarre turn of events that an Ibrox-linked player appeared in a match at the Rangers Training Centre while trying to impress the coaching staff of an English club.
However, it does seem clear at this point that, regardless of how things go during the remainder of his Burnley trial, Robert isn’t an active target for Steven Gerrard.
A switch to Turf Moor from the Penny Cars Stadium would be a job well done for him, though, as when he signed for Airdrie last summer, it was stated that his long-term goal was to play for a top UK club.