ANDREW ROBERTSON has put his future on hold to concentrate on helping Scotland beat England.
The full-back has already had one memorable moment in a clash against the Auld Enemy – but it’s a slightly bittersweet one.
Robertson scored as the Scots lost 3-1 to Roy Hodgson’s side in a friendly at Celtic Park in 2014.
A goal in a defeat was something the 23-year-old found hard to celebrate afterwards.
He’s very much a team player, and would happily pass through this Saturday’s World Cup qualifier unnoticed if it ended with Scotland claiming three points.
Looking back, he now appreciates that hitting the net was something to be proud of.
He said: “It was great to score a goal for your country and against your greatest rival – it was the biggest moment of my life.
“But when I spoke after it, my first thought was that it was a defeat.
“Now, looking back, I do take pride in what has been my first, and only, goal for my country.
“I’d much rather it came in different circumstances, but I do like looking back on it.
“When I got back to Hull, the boys were just happy that England had won but annoyed that I had scored against them.
“At least I had that over them, but they had the result which was the most important thing.”
Robertson seems certain to be occupying the left-back spot at Hampden, with fellow left-footer Kieran Tierney again playing on the right, just as he did in the last World Cup qualifier against Slovenia.
While Robertson says he’d happily have made the switch if asked, playing in his familiar role is probably quite important for him at this stage.
Hull City were relegated at the end of the season, their manager left and the Scot is now being linked with a move to top Premier League clubs like Liverpool.
He said: “The only thing I can really say is that all the players face uncertainty.
“There will be people moving on but, for now, I’m just focusing on this game in front of us.
“I do that because it’s so massive for the country.
“All I can do is play as well as I can on the day, and I’ll worry about my future after that.
“I’ll sit down after this game with the people I need to talk to, and decide if it’s right for me to stay at Hull, or if I should look to move on.
“That’s not something I’m going to worry about until well into the summer.”
Robertson’s earliest memory of a Scotland v England game is the play-off for Euro 2000 at Hampden in 1999.
He was only five years old, but recalls a party going on at home and confesses he was probably asleep by the end of the game.
This match, he hopes, is coming at the right time for Scotland after the 1-0 win over Slovenia in March restored a bit of pride.
It took an 88th-minute goal from substitute Chris Martin, in front of just 20,435 fans – some of whom had booed the striker as he came on – to win the points for Gordon Strachan’s side.
He went on: “Before the game, there was the disappointment of losing in Slovakia and not beating Lithuania at home.
“That was maybe shown with the attendance at Hampden. We usually sell it out.
“But against Slovenia, I thought we controlled the game. We managed to get the three points – even if the goal was a wee bit later than we would have wanted.
“Now we are hoping the fans come back in full voice, and there’s maybe a bit more belief this time.”
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