Robert­son re­lieved af­ter Scot­land scru­tiny

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Andy Robert­son says he found sanctuary in­spir­ing Liver­pool to an­other vic­tory fol­low­ing a week of per­sonal crit­i­cism playing for Scot­land.

As the Scot­land cap­tain, Robert­son was a fo­cus of the post-mortem af­ter an­other ter­ri­ble week for his coun­try. Few play­ers in the squad ex­pe­ri­ence such a con­trast in qual­ity as Liver­pool’s full-back, whose world-class per­for­mances at An­field are dif­fi­cult to repli­cate in a lim­ited Scot­land line-up.

Robert­son says he went through sev­eral days of soul-search­ing af­ter de­feats by Rus­sia and Bel­gium.

“Trust me, it can hap­pen. Un­for­tu­nately it happened twice over that last week,” the full-back said.

“I lock my­self away. I don’t like to talk to any­one. That’s up to me to deal with and I dealt with it in the way that I felt was right and I’ll con­tinue to do that. But I hope I’m not deal­ing with it be­cause that means my per­for­mances are bet­ter and the team’s per­for­mances are bet­ter. It’s a team game, it’s not just one per­son, and un­for­tu­nately we didn’t per­form as a team last week. I was just look­ing for­ward to get­ting back out on the pitch, not let­ting it af­fect me and try to concentrat­e on my game and things like that.”

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