That wasn't the case when I first came into contact with him.
I was in charge at Livingston at the time, and he was a teenager trying to take his first steps in the game.
It was clear even then he was a lad with a good degree of talent. But, it was anything but plain sailing for Robert, and there was never any guarantee he would make it as far as he has.
Without going into too many details, there were distractions in his life away from the game which could have prevented him realising the potential which has taken him to the Premiership with Norwich and a starting place for his country.
At one point, he was put out on loan to Stirling Albion in an attempt to try and get him sorted out away from the pitch.
A lot of people helped Robert get on the path he is now following, and Tony Fitzpatrick is one who played a big part in Robert's personal development.
I believe moving south, initially to Leeds, was the making of Robert the man as the change of social environment allowed him to focus on his football.
Now, with the important goals he is scoring, he's almost taking over James McFadden's mantle in the eyes of the Tartan Army.