Local lad Thomson loving his sojourn with Stenny

Robbie Thomson.
Robbie Thomson.

His dad knows a thing or two about saving shots - and so it seems does Robbie Thomson.

The former Bantaskine Primary and Falkirk High pupil is the son of Scott Y Thomson, current goalkeeping coach at Hibernian and the man that famously broke Celtic’s hearts in 1994 when he helped Raith Rovers win the Coca-Cola Cup by saving Paul McStay’s penalty.

Thomson junior was thrust into a penalty shoot-out of his own last week just hours after joining the Warriors on loan last week from Celtic. Despite a valiant effort, Stenhousemuir still crashed out against SPL battlers Inverness Caledonian Thistle.

He was again in fine form against Arbroath at the weekend and is now looking forward to playing against East Fife on Saturday.

Thomson has been on the books at Celtic since he was eight-years-old and is delighted to get the opportunity to play competitive games.

He told Heraldsport: “I played in John Kennedy’s ‘next generation’ team against Manchester City, Marseilles and Barcelona which was a great tournament, but although I have played regularly it’s been in the under-19s or reserves. So when I got a phone call from Celtic goalkeeping coach Stevie Woods to say there might be an opportunity to come to Ochilview on loan, I jumped at the chance.

“To make my debut in my first professional game the other night against a team like Inverness was great and, apart from the result, I really enjoyed it.

“I was glad to make my professional debut against SPL opposition and while today’s game was different, it’s what it’s going to be like most weeks in this division and I am looking forward to getting good experience.”

Should Corrigan wish to extend the teenager’s loan after Callum Reidford recovers from injury, the vibes from this shy young man is that he would not be difficult to deal with. “It’s obviously great to be with a team like Celtic,” he added. “I want to make it there if I can, bit at the moment I am playing regularly, but here and there and don’t know where my next game will be.

“I didn’t have a structure to my week. It will be good being here, knowing I am going to be playing for a month or so, focussing on games. I am really looking forward to it and it will be good to get the experience.”