With Arsenal’s Kieran Tierney unavailable for Scotland last night, Liverpool ace Andrew Robertson was the only one of the nation’s two stellar left-backs to feature against Israel.
The Reds man captained Scotland in Thursday’s Euro 2020 playoff semi-final, a tense, nervy and overall dour affair which culminated in two hours of scoreless football before a penalty shootout.
Scott McTominay had a great chance late on in the first half, nodding wide from six yards from Robertson’s corner, while Liam Cooper struck the woodwork at the end of extra time.
In the end, penalties were needed to settle the tie, and while Scotland netted all five, Eran Zahavi’s unsuccessful spot kick early on in the shootout proved the difference.
The result means Scotland are just 90 minutes away from potentially reaching the European championships next summer.
Robertson had his hands full with Israel right wing-back Eli Dasa for much of the game, who didn’t let the Reds man influence the game.
In terms of notable moments up front, the £50,000-a-week man provided the delivery for McTominay and also curled a free kick just wide.
However, some Scotland fans on social media didn’t rate Robertson’s display on the night and wished Tierney had been available:
Tierney > Robertson no question!
— ian craigie (@iancraigie1989) October 8, 2020
Tierney sat in the house and Robertson is still the second best left back on the pitch
— Mark Harrower (@MarkHarrower) October 8, 2020
Scotland games shows all the evidence that Tierney>Robertson
— Chris Blaney 🇮🇪 (@christo23291012) October 8, 2020
Tierney > Robertson. Everyday.
— Alan Lindsay (@AlanL94) October 8, 2020
Robertson caught out again missing tierney tonight
— ruari mcquillan (@ruarimcquillan7) October 8, 2020
Not a person can convince me that Robertson is better than Tierney
— Barry McGowan (@Basher1984) October 8, 2020
Robertson is awful for Scotland. Rather have Tierney.
— robbie (@robbiejh96) October 8, 2020