Steve Clarke has responded to recent Jamie Redknapp claims about Scotland players bringing Liverpool star Andy Robertson down to their level.
In a recent interview, the ex-Red said that Robertson struggles to continue his Anfield form with the national team as the players around him aren’t as good (BBC).
Now Clarke has given his take on things. He doesn’t want to get into a war of words with the former Liverpool man and wants to prove him wrong.
He told the Daily Record: “He’s a paid pundit, he’s got his opinion and Jamie also has a Liverpool connection so maybe he’s tried to protect Andy a little bit.
“So I’m not going to go down the route of talking about every pundit who has something bad to say about the national team.
“The only way to stop them saying bad things is to start winning games. I don’t hide from that fact.”
Up to Liverpool and Scotland full-back Robertson himself to silence Redknapp
If Clarke really wants to throw Redknapp’s claims about Robertson into disrepute, he needs the man himself to buy into that.
The full-back was criticised by sections of the Tartan Army following last month’s matches against Belgium and Russia. In those games he did look a little under par, leading to Redknapp’s claims.
There’s no denying that Robertson is a very committed footballer who’ll never set out to have a bad game, but he needs to show his ability too. Against Russia this week, he can’t afford another off day.
Critics will descend upon him quickly if he does and it may just help give weight to Redknapp’s claim. Alternatively though, a good performance will show that the former Anfield man was wrong about Scotland and Robertson.