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Tony Cascarino criticises Andy Robertson’s performance for Scotland against Russia

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Tony Cascarino criticises Andy Robertson’s performance for Scotland against Russia

Scotland went down 2-1 at home to Russia on Friday.

Tony Cascarino has criticised the performance of Liverpool defender Andy Robertson in Scotland’s 2-1 home defeat against Russia on Friday.

In the Times, Cascarino said that £50,000-a-week (Spotrac) defender Robertson failed to replicate his club form on the international stage, which represents a big problem for Steve Clarke.

He said: “With John McGinn, Ryan Fraser and Andrew Robertson, Scotland have their best crop of players in more than a decade but they still slipped to a 2-1 home defeat by Russia.

“Robertson is a terrific attacking full back for Liverpool but he looked out of sorts for his country, at one point firing a wayward cross behind the Russian goal. Steve Clarke must find a way for his Premier League stars to gel.”

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TBR’s View – Scotland’s situation makes it tough for Robertson to shine

Robertson is the best left back in the world currently but the position in which he plays makes it tough for him to elevate this Scotland side.

 

As captain, the main way he can do that is with his experience and guidance in the dressing room, but perhaps the pressure of trying to drag his side into contention for qualification is weighing on him.

At Liverpool, he is free to bomb up and down the left in a side stacked with top drawer players and it’s a completely difference kettle of fish at international level.

That said, Robertson needs to find a way to keep his attacking service reliable and remain sturdy at the back at a testing time for his country.

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