Liverpool star Andy Robertson has delivered a blunt verdict on Scotland’s disappointing defeat to Russia in Euro 2020 qualifying.
A goal from John McGinn gave Steve Clarke’s side the perfect start, before Artem Dyzuba and a Stephen O’Donnell own goal sealed an easy 2-1 win for Russia.
The win puts the away side six points ahead of Scotland in second, effectively ending any hopes of Euro qualification from the groups for Clarke’s men.
Robertson has accused his side of being ‘scared’ and that he has ‘never seen anything like’ Scotland’s collapse at Hampden.
He told Sky Sports: “First 15 minutes I thought we were good, got the goal and it was as if it scared us, I’ve never seen anything like that before. That needs to change, If we go into a lead it should be a positive not a negative.
“I’m annoyed with everything. My performance, what the rest of the lads done, all of us except David Marshall really. To have 10 players from the start not really showing up and putting in the performances we can is never going to win you a game of football.”
Scotland captain Robertson was poor against Russia
Robertson was no doubt annoyed with his performance, and he wasn’t the only one. Big things are expected of Robertson due to his pedigree at club level and he failed to deliver against Russia.
The Liverpool star was culpable for the first goal, deflecting the ball into the path of Dyzuba who made no mistake with the finish.
Throughout the night though, he was a shadow of the player that has been a standout performer at Anfield. His crosses never managed to hit Oli McBurnie all night and he was often caught out of position.
There is a lot riding on Robertson, perhaps too much. The nation looks to him for inspiration as captain and as a world class performer. When he has an off night, sadly for the left-back, it’s very visible.
He wasn’t the only poor performer against Russia, there were many. A vast improvement is needed if Scotland want to avoid a thumping at the hands of Belgium on Monday evening.