Liverpool left-back and Scotland captain Andy Robertson is determined to take positives from his national side’s awkward 2-1 win in Czech Republic.
The preparations for this game were thrown into disarray on Friday night, the Czech FA stating that this match was to be postponed due to an outbreak of COVID-19 in their camp.
But UEFA reversed the decision, saying the Nations League match was to go ahead. It meant Scotland travelled to Olomouc to take on a second-string Czech side, consisting of mainly domestic league players, with only two players in the squad holding senior caps.
But despite the Czech side being major underdogs, they pushed Scotland all the way, Steve Clarke’s men eventually grinding out a 2-1 win. Jakub Pesek gave the home team a shock lead 11 minutes in before Lyndon Dykes levelled things 17 minutes later.
Liverpool’s full-back won Scotland a penalty, albeit a debatable one, as he was brought down on the edge of the box, just enough for the foul to be deemed a penalty. Ryan Christie stepped up to score the winner, and whilst a win on the night, it was ultimately a poor outing for Scotland.
Unbeaten in five and top of their Nations League group, however, Robertson says that positives must be taken from this odd fixture.
“It was far from ideal for them, but it wasn’t ideal for us,” said Robertson (Sky Sports). “We came out of the game on Friday night thinking it was cancelled, it was all uncertain on Saturday and then on Sunday we had to focus on the game.
“It’s not been ideal at all, but we’ve dealt with the cards we’ve been given and we’re top of the group. We were on a hiding to nothing, people would have found negatives in anything we did tonight, so I’m not really bothered.
“As long as we got the three points, we’re top of the group, and that’s us five unbeaten now, so let’s take some positives.”