Andy Robertson got a surprise Scotland start on Wednesday. Steve Clarke named the player in their Nations League clash against Israel.
Andy Robertson got a start for Scotland on Wednesday, just days after missing a game through injury. The captain faces Israel in the Nations League.
Robertson didn’t face Slovakia last time out as he had a tight hamstring, per the Mirror. Steve Clarke admitted it would have been a risk to play him.
But the Scotland boss also said that he would bring Robertson to Israel and hopefully ‘get him on the pitch’.
He’s done more than that – Robertson starts the game as captain.
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It’s a big game for the country as a win guarantees they top their Nations League group. Still, this is clearly a risk as Robertson wasn’t fit just two days ago.
What RTK has to say
So the immediate reaction to this is ‘Oh no! Roberto Firmino is the only one left!’ but it might actually be good news.
It’s possible that Robertson is completely fine and can start the game without issue. A tight hamstring isn’t a strained or pulled hamstring, after all.
But this is in stark contrast to Jordan Henderson. He went off at half-time when England faced Belgium with, again, a tight hamstring.
Henderson, however, left the England camp as a precaution and is back at Liverpool. That’s effectively the opposite of what Scotland are doing with Robertson.
Our worry is that Scotland see this game as a genuinely big one and have decided they can take a risk with Robertson that they otherwise wouldn’t have.
If that’s the case, Liverpool will be absolutely furious. They’re already without Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Thiago, and Mohamed Salah from their first-XI. Henderson could join that list.
So for Liverpool’s sake – as well as Clarke’s, quite honestly – we’ll cross our fingers that Robertson gets through this one okay.