Robertson regularly considers leaving Liverpool for one club who can scratch the itch; outlines when move could happen
Andy Robertson admitted he considers leaving Liverpool to join Celtic every time he sees a packed Parkhead, and offered a clue as to when he could make the move.
The 28-year-old Scotland international represents one of Liverpool’s most shrewd acquisitions in the market. While the likes of Virgil van Dijk and Alisson have been roaring successes too, those players arrived for huge fees and nothing but the best was expected.
In contrast, Robertson arrived from relegated Hull City in 2017 for just £8m.
After quickly dispatching Alberto Moreno to become first-choice left-back, Robertson has blazed a trail down the left side and been an integral part of their recent successes.
Gary Neville has regularly called the Robertson-Virgil van Dijk pairing the best left side of defence in the Premier League. Robertson’s understanding with Sadio Mane down the left was also revered.
The Scot has dipped below his usual standards this season, though he’s not alone in a Liverpool shirt in that regard.
Kostas Tsimikas is pushing for starts and will take a chunk out of Robertson’s minutes this year. However, when push comes to shove, Robertson remains one of Jurgen Klopp’s most trusted lieutenants.
However, exactly how long it’ll stay that way is open to debate.
When speaking to BT Sport’s Currie Club podcast, Robertson admitted he regularly considers leaving Liverpool to join Celtic.
Robertson grew up in Glasgow and was a childhood Celtic fan. He admitted he’s always dreamed of turning out for the Hoops, though stressed if he does make the move, he doesn’t want to leave it too late at which time he’s past his prime.
“I wanted to give Celtic my best years”
“Every time I watch Celtic, I consider it,” said Robertson.
“When you watch them and see a packed Celtic Park, as a fan you always have that dream.
“Ideally I want to finish my career here at Liverpool. If I can stay at the top of my game, at the top of the tree my whole career, that’s the route I want to go down.
“But also, when I look at Celtic and when I was growing up, I was thinking I wanted to give them my best years.
“When I was a Queen’s Park I had a dream of still playing with Celtic and always dreamed of giving my best years to Celtic.
“I don’t want to go as a 34 or 35-year-old old guy that my uncles start hating on me because I can’t move any more! Time will tell.
“I don’t look too far ahead and I don’t often look back. There will be a time for that.”
Could Robertson really leave Liverpool?
Robertson signed his latest Liverpool contract in August of 2021.
His future is committed to the Reds until 2026 and at 28 years of age, he’s unlikely to be leaving any time soon.
He has shown early signs of slowing down this season, something that may be a concern at Anfield given the colossal shifts he’s put in over the years.
However, a move to Celtic is unlikely to emerge as a serious option until it’s irrefutable Robertson is on the decline.
Even if that scenario unfolded over the coming years, Celtic would have difficulty coming close to what Robertson earns at Liverpool.
Given his connection to the club, he may be willing to accept a pay-cut. But for the foreseeable future at least, Robertson’s career will remain on Merseyside.