Being told I was too small by Celtic motivated me - Andy Robertson

Harry Maguire and Andrew Robertson sign for Hull City

Hull City new-boy Andrew Robertson says being let go by Celtic for "being too small" has made him even more determined to succeed at the top level.

The 20-year-old, who joined the Tigers from Dundee United for £2.85m, says his height was behind Celtic's decision to release him as a 15-year-old.

"That's the reason that was given, but I took it on the chin and bounced back," said Robertson.

And when asked if that made him more motivated, he said: "Yeah, in a way."

Robertson moved to Queen's Park following his exit from Parkhead. He broke into the first team and after a season was snapped up by Scottish Premiership side Dundee United, where he spent one season.

"Going down to Queen's Park, some people would have thought it was a strange move," he added.

"But I can't thank them enough for what they did for me over four years. They helped make me the player I am, and at United the manager and players were brilliant with me."

After revealing his delight at sealing a switch to Steve Bruce's Hull side, Robertson insisted he is not daunted by the prospect of playing in England's top flight.

"I went from the Third Division to the SPL [Scottish Premiership], which is a big step, and I know this is going to be bigger, but I feel I've got the ability to deal with it," he added.

"The short term goal is to try to break into the team and cement my place in the starting 11.

"I'm really looking forward to getting started now, meeting the boys and getting on the training field.

"As soon as I spoke to Steve Bruce he was very welcoming and said all the right things. Just speaking to him for that short period of time made up my mind quite easily. I'm really looking forward to working under him."

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