Liverpool’s Andy Robertson has detailed a conversation he had with David Marshall after Scotland’s memorable penalty shootout win over Serbia in the European Championship play-offs.
Robertson captained Scotland that night, but the real hero was Derby goalkeeper Marshall. He pulled off the save which earned Scotland a place in a World Cup or European Championship for the first time since 1998.
Victory ended long wait for qualification
That victory ended many years of hurt for Scotland, who had suffered many years of disappointing results.
Robertson admitted though that it hasn’t always been easy to captain Scotland, especially as some results in that time have been poor.
“I’ve been through a lot more as a Scotland player than with Liverpool, purely as everything’s been on an upward trajectory since I arrived at Anfield from Hull three and a half years ago” he said (FourFourTwo magazine, January 2021, P. 49).
Been through a lot with national team
However, Robertson can now look forward to captaining his country at a national tournament. Both he and Marshall have gone through a lot with Scotland, but the Liverpool man wouldn’t change a thing as it all led to that winning moment against Serbia.
“As a national team, we’ve gone through some difficult periods and serious tests. You can’t hide away from that, and when I was first given the captaincy it was tough. After the Serbia match, I sat down with Marshall, and we were talking about all the poor results and hard times we had been involved in along the way. We both agreed it was all worth it for that one unbelievable moment in Belgrade” Robertson concluded.