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Robbo: My Tangerine torture

Scott Robertson

Scott Robertson

SCOTT Robertson has described his spell at Blackpool as “torture”, claiming the Seasiders signed him without ever having seen him play.

The Scottish midfielder quit Bloomfield Road in January after a disastrous six months in which he made only one appearance.

Robertson, who turns 28 in a fortnight, turned down a long-term deal at hometown club Dundee United to join Ian Holloway’s Blackpool last summer.

Now with Hibernian, Robertson revealed: “It never felt right at Blackpool. When I signed, the manager said he had never actually seen me play.

“That put question marks in my head. He had asked people in the game about me but it didn’t seem like I fitted in. Everything seemed wrong.

“I was not prepared to sit about for 18 months, pick up my wages and go through the same torture.

“I was told to be patient but eventually the gaffer got his chance and he left!”

Robertson was signed as a like-for-like replacement for Keith Southern.

However, in the same week Pool signed both Isaiah Osbourne and Tiago Gomes, meaning the Scotsman was never really given a chance to prove himself at Bloomfield Road.

He found himself playing in the club’s development squad, miles from his family home north of the boarder.

He said: “I started to question if I was kidding myself. I didn’t feel involved and didn’t suit the way the team played – a strict 4-3-3.

“Charlie Adam was a success when he was at Blackpool. The way he plays and the way others play off him, it was a great fit.

“I did OK in reserve games and deserved a chance, but the only match I played was away to Cardiff and we lost 3-0. He made eight changes to a winning team and we were thrown to the lions.”

Despite being given hope by Holloway’s replacement Michael Appleton, Robertson’s chances remained limited.

At the end of the January he came to an agreement with Blackpool to terminate his contract so he could join Hibs in the SPL.

“My old Dundee United youth coach Stevie Campbell warned me my career would nosedive if I stayed longer,” he said.

“So I jumped at the chance to come to Hibs. Pat Fenlon has given me my confidence back because it took a real dent at Blackpool.”

“Every game here feels extra-special. I cherish it more than ever because I feel appreciated here.”

 

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