Andy Robertson: ‘We have to be ready for the emotion Ukraine will provide’

Scotland captain says the squad will have to put their sympathy for their opponents aside to qualify for the World Cup on WednesdayThe rise of Andy Robertson is such that he was associated with fairytale in Scotland long before the sampling of good times with the international team. It is just that there are parallels between the journey of a kid from stacking supermarket shelves to the summit of club football and what has transpired in the colours of his country.When Scotland drew 1-1 with Canada in a 2017 friendly, the crowd at Easter Road was below 10,000. Hampden Park was more than half empty for the visits of Israel and Portugal a year later. Campaign after campaign of failure had sapped the energy from the Scottish public. Robertson’s supposed battle with Kieran Tierney for the left-back position created a narrative that quite evidently neither player could be bothered with. The mood between the Scottish squad and the media – who obviously wanted matters to improve – was routinely tetchy.

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