He’s been criticised by some members of the Tartan Army in recent times, but against Russia, Andy Robertson has the chance to right a few Scotland wrongs.
During the last international break, Scotland faced Russia, who they will face again in Moscow tomorrow. To say it didn’t go to plan would be an understatement.
Robertson was arguably at fault for the first goal and was left exposed throughout the match as the Russians won 2-1. It all but meant that Scotland’s Euro 2020 qualification hopes via the groups were shattered.
The clash in Moscow gives him a chance to prove a few people wrong.
Robertson can silence the Scotland doubters
Jamie Redknapp said recently that Robertson doesn’t play as well in navy because of the people around him (BBC). Even some sections of the Scotland support are divided over whether the captain pulls his weight on the international scene.
Whilst the game itself is pretty meaningless, Robertson has to turn in a good performance. It’ll silence any critics of his as a Scotland player.
He wasn’t great last time out, but people are quick to forget about his achievements in the past 18 months when he makes as much as a minor mistake in a Scotland shirt.
Robertson’s featured heavily in a relentless Liverpool side that have won the Champions League and a UEFA Supercup during his time at the club.
They are also well on the way to a Premier League title, racing into an eight points lead after winning their opening eight fixtures.
If the Scots captain turns up, he is the best player on the park. Even if he’s performing at just 80% of his potential, the likelihood is that the Scotsman will terrorise Russia going forward and prove tough to get by in defence.
Hopefully Robertson has learned his lessons from the Russia clash and he bounces back with style in Moscow. Perhaps the critics will get off his back then.