Andy says role rid­dle is prob­lem

Daily Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - ARSENAL -

ANDY Robert­son has ad­mit­ted shoe­horn­ing him and Kieran Tier­ney into the Scot­land side has left both strug­gling in their new roles.

The cap­tain could see the cracks in the for­ma­tion as the na­tional side crum­bled to a mis­er­able Na­tions League de­feat in Is­rael on Thurs­day.

He has been forced to play wing-back with Tier­ney op­er­at­ing on the left side of a back three – and the Liver­pool ace ad­mits both want to play in their pre­ferred po­si­tion of left-back.

Mcleish has strug­gled to solve the co­nun­drum of fit­ting two of Scot­land’s best play­ers into the start­ing line-up and the An­field hero con­ceded the sys­tem is mal­func­tion­ing.

Robert­son said: “Both of us are out of po­si­tion. So it’s two po­si­tions we need to try to learn.

“We’ve played there be­fore but we need to learn it in this sys­tem.

“Un­for­tu­nately that will take time. Both of us want to play left-back and there isn’t that slot just now.

“The gaffer has looked at it and wants to get me and KT down the left. I’ve got to start a lot higher and I don’t have a winger to play with.”

Robert­son held his hands up. But he wasn’t alone on a de­press­ing night for Scot­land.

And he reck­oned it was an op­por­tu­nity missed af­ter get­ting their Na­tions League cam­paign off to a flier in the 2-0 win against Al­ba­nia at Ham­p­den last month.

Robert­son added: “We started well and then were poor and they got a foothold in the game.”

CO­NUN­DRUM Robert­son wants to play as a left-back

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