Robbo is glad fans have a rea­son to cheer

The Sunday Post (Dundee) - - Scotland Latest - By Brian Fowlie sport@sundaypost.com

Andy Robertson is ab­so­lutely de­lighted to be end­ing a World Cup qual­i­fy­ing cam­paign with a make-or-break match.

Scot­land are un­der mas­sive pres­sure to beat Slove­nia tonight and clinch a play-off spot.

Robertson says that’s a mil­lion times bet­ter than fin­ish­ing their bid to make Euro 2016 with a mean­ing­less en­counter against Gi­bral­tar in Faro.

He re­called: “Gi­bral­tar was the strangest game I think I’ve had. It felt as if we’d just qualified.

“The way the fans re­acted was like we’d won the group. It was just them thank­ing us for our ef­forts, but we ac­tu­ally let them down. 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 the play-offs.”

The Liver­pool full­back, who picked up a nasty wrist in­jury in Thurs­day night’s dra­matic win against Slo­vakia, be­lieves the pres­sure of main­tain­ing a win­ning run can ben­e­fit the Scots.

He went on: “We’ve had a se­ries of must-win games re­cently. I hope that helps.

“In the last cou­ple of cam­paigns, we’ve gone into the last game with noth­ing to play for.

“I don’t think Slove­nia be­ing out al­ready will make a dif­fer­ence.

“It’s sim­i­lar to us in Gi­bral­tar. We could’ve chucked it in and not put in a good per­for­mance.

“But we knew our fans were there, look­ing for a vic­tory.

“I am sure their fans will be there de­mand­ing a win and a good fin­ish to a dis­a­point­ing cam­paign.”

Robertson is happy to be oc­cu­py­ing the left-back role while Kieran Tier­ney switches to the right.

Al­though the Celtic young­ster didn’t have his best game against Slo­vakia, his fel­low full­back is full of ad­mi­ra­tion.

He said: “I was jok­ing with Kieran about put­ting in the right-foot cross in the first half. We were all sur­prised.

“If it was me it would prob­a­bly have gone out for a goal kick!

“Kieran has al­ready dealt with so much and if he keeps go­ing the way he is, he’ll be world class.”

The 23-year-old knows the fans have taken a while to warm to su­per­sub Chris Martin, but says he’s a man the play­ers ap­pre­ci­ate.

He said: “I’ve played against him in the Cham­pi­onship and I know him well.

“He can hold up the ball and put it away, which he keeps show­ing time af­ter time.

“Maybe he’s one that play­ers ap­pre­ci­ate more than fans. He has played a mas­sive part in this cam­paign.”

Andy Robertson cel­e­brates with Chris Martin

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