Andy Robertson states Scotland are taking the responsibility of victory for their peoples in Belgrade. The skipper acknowledged he cannot follow yet his wishes of controlling the team out at Euro 2020.
The 22-year stint of the Tartan Army in international football’s summer wilderness will complete at the Rajko Mitic Stadium with a battle against Serbia in Thursday’s winner-takes-all play-off final.
Robertson is one of the Scotland aficionados who never recall their team playing at a principal tournament.
“To be honest I won’t let myself think about that until it’s done,” he said. “For me, being captain of my country, captaining these boys with me right now, it’s the proudest thing I will ever do in football.
The Liverpool left-back was very young at the time of Colin Hendry’s playing by Brazil captain Dunga for the opening competition of the 1998 World Cup in France. He has also given the opportunity to play the next summer at Hampden – hosting three competitions – if his squad can bring down the Serbs and accomplish an eight-game unbeaten.
“But I’m not letting myself think about walking out at Hampden next summer. That’s firmly in the back of my mind and I’ll focus on that hopefully on Friday morning when it’s a reality.
“I look back at old videos and have talked to my family about how good it was to see the Tartan Army at tournaments.
“I remember my manager at Liverpool talking about how fun they were in Germany when he was a little boy during the World Cup.