Five highlights from John Robertson’s career as the Caley Thistle manager is inducted into the Scottish Football Hall of Fame


Few would begrudge Caley Thistle manager John Robertson his place in the Scottish Football Hall of Fame.

The former striker will join some of Scottish sport’s most illustrious names at an annual awards dinner at Hampden Park on October 27.

Caley Jags boss Robertson to be inducted into Scottish Football Hall of Fame

Ahead of his induction, here’s a look at five of the best from his days as a player and manager.

Signing for Hearts

Robertson signed for Hearts in January 1981 – but not before Edinburgh rivals Hibernian had tried to lure him to Easter Road.

John Robertson in action for Hearts in 1992.

After impressing in a trial match, Robertson was offered a deal by Hibs but was keen to take his time before coming to a final decision.

Hibs chairman Tom Hart insisted he take the offer or leave it however, with Robertson opting for the latter.

The rest, as they say, is history. Robertson was snapped up by the Jambos, marking the start of a hugely successful playing career which he predominantly spent at Tynecastle.

He remains Hearts’ all-time leading goalscorer with 214 league strikes.

Scotland debut

Robertson was handed his Scotland debut in a 2-1 European qualifying victory over Romania at Hampden Park by national team boss Andy Roxburgh.

He made an almost instant impact, taking just 37 minutes before opening the scoring with what was his first of three international goals in 16 caps.

Scotland 2-1 Romania | 12 September 1990

The 1990 throwback continues with goals from Scotlands 2-1 European Qualiying win over Romania at Hampden.John Robertson, making his debut for Scotland, grabbed our first goal after 37 minutes, before Ally McCoist scored the second on 75 minutes.Were you at the match?

Posted by Scotland National Team on Thursday, 27 September 2018


Scottish Cup champion

Silverware had eluded Robertson during his time at Tynecastle, but that fittingly changed in his final act as a Hearts player in 1998.

Although he was an unused substitute, Robertson received a winner’s medal for the Jambos’ 2-1 Scottish Cup final victory over Rangers at Parkhead.

It was the perfect way to bow out, before he left to join Livingston.

Caley Thistle appointment and First Division glory

Robertson was handed his first opportunity in management by Caley Thistle in December 2002 after Steve Paterson had left to join Aberdeen, and he did not have long to wait for success.

Caley Thistle manager John Robertson proudly flies the SFL champions flag from the roof of Inverness’ Town House.

A final-day 3-1 victory over St Johnstone brought Inverness the 2003-04 First Division title, and promotion to Scottish football’s top flight for the first time since their formation only 10 years previously.

Although Robertson oversaw Caley Jags’ primitive Scottish Premier League months, he took the opportunity to return to Hearts as manager in November in 2004.

Return to Inverness

Caley Thistle were on the hunt for a new manager in 2017 after Richie Foran had been sacked following the Highlanders’ relegation from the Premiership – and they turned to a familiar face.

John Robertson is officially unveiled as the new Inverness Caledonian Thistle manager alongside chairman Willie Finlayson in June 2017 (left).

Nearly 13 years after leaving Caledonian Stadium first time around, Robertson ended a five-year absence from the dugout when he was confirmed as Inverness boss for a second spell.

Robertson has kept Inverness in contention for promotion throughout most of his current stint, with Caley Jags losing out to Dundee United through the play-offs last season, while he also guided the Highlanders to the IRN-BRU Cup with a victory over Dumbarton in 2018.

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