Rangers-linked Frenchman signs Belgian deal despite turning out at Auchenhowie
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Rangers-linked Frenchman signs Belgian deal despite turning out at Auchenhowie

Once Rangers-linked Thomas Robert has put an end to much speculation regarding his future by signing with Belgian Pro League outfit Royal Mouscron.

The attacking midfielder turned winger – who is the son of legendary Newcastle United star Laurent Robert – has agreed an initial two-year deal in Belgium after a series of failed trials around the UK.

Robert, 21, spent last season at Scottish League One Airdrie where he impressed under the tutelage of former Gers defender Ian Murray.

The youngster scored four goals and laid on three assists for the Diamonds, earning him links to the likes of Rangers and Old Firm rivals Celtic [Scottish Sun].

However, it was the Parkhead side who showed more determination to get the player through the door by offering him a trial in March.

But Robert returned to Airdrie without a decision being made amid a period of managerial upheaval at Celtic.

What would follow were a series of trial moves at the likes of Premier League Burnley, where the player reportedly played in a bounce game at Rangers’ Auchenhowie training centre [Daily Record].

Again, Robert failed to win a deal and most recently in the UK the former Montpellier youngster was on trial at Salford City [the Herald].

Now, the Frenchman is back on the continent and the Belgian club have also revealed that the contract contains the option of another year.

Rangers-linked Thomas Robert spent last season with Airdrie but has now signed for Belgian side Royal Mouscron. (Photo by Craig Foy/SNS Group via Getty Images)

“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 optional additional year,” reads a Mouscron statement.

“Last season, he played in the Scottish second division for the Airdrieonians club. Right-footed, 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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