Liverpool’s latest signing, Andy Robertson, has an incredibly bright future ahead of him but it’s his past that makes him stand out. The boss made reference to it recently and Robertson sat down with journalists in the middle of the German training camp to talk about his journey to Anfield.
“I was at Celtic till I was 15,” Robertson said. “Like what happens at a lot of other clubs, players get released, and I was no different. It was the point where people were going full-time and, at the time, they didn't think I was quite ready.”
“I then went down to Queen's Park and stayed there in the youths for three years, grew and went through all that. Luckily, I had one season in the first team when Rangers had just been put down to the third division, so there was a lot more TV time for the third division.”
But Queen’s Park was an amateur team so Robertson didn’t receive a paycheck in those years. He got by with a job in Hampden Park, instead.
“We trained twice a week at night and played games on Saturday, so I was working nine-to-five and then having to train at six. I was 18. I eventually got the move to Dundee United and it all fell into place.”
“At Dundee United I managed to go in and do everything that maybe they didn't quite expect. Luckily, in the first season I just hit the ground running and I made the position my own. Then the English came calling. I remember Liam Rosenior getting injured the day before the Premier League start. I wasn't probably meant to start, but Steve Bruce gave me the nod and said: 'Go on, do what you can do'. I haven't really looked back since Hull.”
The 23-year old Scottish international is going to be a critical addition to Liverpool’s shaky defence, whether or not he replaces James Milner at left-back. Robertson has already demonstrated a remarkable drive and willingness to push himself to prove his naysayers wrong. It’ll be great to see him continue to do just that at Anfield.