Andy Robertson’s prodigious rise at Liverpool did not escape many people over the last year. As such, it felt earned, even at his young age, when Scotland gaffer Alex McLeish decided to name Robertson as captain for the Scottish National Team ahead of the opening round in the UEFA Nations League this past week. Even though the young left back came in a bit unheralded and seeming like one for the future, the instant impact he’s had on the Reds is such that such honors do not feel out of place at all.
And as is befitting a young footballer with large ambitions, I’m sure it was a bit difficult to get his captaincy off to a result that was as difficult as Scotland’s 4-nil loss in a pre-tournament warm up. That they were paired off against a squad that made it to the semi-finals of this summer’s World Cup tournament would hopefully help to salve any wounds, but considering the passion that Robertson has shown, I sense it was still a difficult result to stomach.
Thankfully, he didn’t have to wait too long for a reversal of fortunes and to notch his first win as captain. In the following match - his second overall as captain - Robertson guided his side to a 2-nil victory over Albania. And in typical Robbo style, he did so while also being the player sitting atop the scoring chances created category. Progressive, hard-nosed, incredibly skilled. Of course Andy Robertson would find his way to that spot.
And so it goes, Andy Robertson can return to Merseyside knowing he played a pivotal role in helping his national team claim top spot in Group C, on goal difference. Meanwhile, Reds fans can all exhale in relief as their left back has come home healthy. All that’s left now is the waiting for the weekend and the return of proper Liverpool football.