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Andy Robertson Relishes ‘Must Win’ Challenge

The young defender says that performing under pressure is nothing new to Scotland.

Scotland v Slovakia - FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

Scotland eeked out a vital victory in their World Cup qualifying group on Thursday, when they found a way to score a last minute goal against a 10-man Slovakia side. The three points leap-frogged them over Slovakia and two points clear of the coveted second place play-off spot, behind England. Now with one game to go, Scotland must win when they travel to Slovenia to finish off their qualifying bid today.

Andy Robertson, who played in defense for the full game against Slovakia, admits that Scotland thrives on this kind of pressure to produce results.

“We’ve had must-win games recently as we’ve gone along. I hope that helps,” said the Liverpool left-back. “The last couple of campaigns, we’ve gone into the last game with nothing to play for.

“We went into the Gibraltar away last and I think everyone remembers how brilliant the fans were that day. And we were playing for nothing.

“It certainly doesn’t have the same feeling this time, I’m sure the whole country will be buzzing and everyone will be watching it wherever they are. We are on a run and we just need to keep it going for one more game to get to a play-off.

“As a nation, we go over there believing we can get in the play-offs. And hopefully it’s a day of joy at the end.”

He add, “We’ve never doubted ourselves and luckily we’re going into the last game looking for something.”

The game kicks off today at 4pm BST/11am EST from SRC Stozice in Slovenia.

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