Andy Robertson’s rise from the decrease leagues of Scottish soccer to Premier League champion has been exceptional and but there’s extra left so as to add to his storied profession to this point.
The 26-year-old has been an important cog in Jurgen Klopp’s facet of their latest domination each domestically and in Europe, whereas additionally main his nation to their first main match since 1998.
The left-back got here from humble beginnings in Scotland earlier than his journey took him to Dundee, Hull after which his massive transfer to Liverpool in 2017.
Robertson was launched by Celtic as a teen for being too small and was picked up by novice facet Queen’s Park.
A well-known tweet of his went viral some time again from when he was 17, which learn: “Life at this age is garbage with no cash #needajob.”
And get a job he did.
He was juggling enjoying for Queen’s Park, coaching with them within the evenings, and dealing full-time at Hampden Park answering the telephones.
“Queen’s Park was novice so that you don’t receives a commission,” Robertson instructed the Liverpool Echo in 2017.
“I labored within the company facet of issues. It was taking calls and orders for tickets for the concert events and the soccer video games.
“There was a man Andrew McGlennan who had labored at Queen’s Park for years. He sorted quite a lot of the boys out with jobs.
“He sorted me and made positive I had some cash in my pocket with a little bit of laborious work.
“We skilled twice every week at night time and performed video games on Saturday so I used to be working 9am to 5pm after which having to coach at 6pm.”
When Robertson was 18 he hit a crossroads; he needed to resolve whether or not to hold on pursuing soccer or go down a special route and apply for college or faculty.
He gave soccer yet one more yr and broke into the Queen’s Park first crew. They have been within the Scottish Third Division on the time however Robertson was getting seen.
He was snapped up by Dundee United in June 2013 and gained the PFA Scotland Younger Participant of the Yr award in his first season. He additionally acquired his first call-up to Scotland’s senior facet.
His performances meant golf equipment in England began taking discover.
Hull got here calling in the summertime of 2014 and signed him for £3million whereas Steve Bruce was their supervisor, becoming a member of alongside Harry Maguire, who had the same rise by the ranks and ended up enjoying for Manchester United and England.
Hull’s then chief scout, Stan Ternent, instructed the Hull Each day Mail: “I feel I left after 25 minutes. I’d watched Robbo earlier than, away to Kilmarnock, and he’d stood out by a mile. So I went once more and I used to be passed by half-time to ring Steve Bruce. ‘Are you positive?’ he stated. ‘After all I’m positive’. And that was that.”
“I’d been Stuart Armstrong [then of Dundee United and now at Southampton] however Robbo was the no-brainer.
“He’d a historical past with Celtic and he was at all times a decided lad given how he’d recovered from his setbacks. You can see right away he had potential and he can solely get higher.”
It was a turbulent time on the KCOM Stadium as Hull have been relegated in Robertson’s first season after which promoted straight again to the Premier League the next marketing campaign.
Regardless of Hull’s struggles on the pitch, Robertson’s inventory continued to rise and Liverpool noticed his potential and signed him for an preliminary £8m.
He initially began as an understudy to Alberto Moreno however shortly gained his place within the first-team halfway by the 2017/18 season and has not seemed again.
Robertson is now extensively recognised as the most effective left-backs in world soccer and he’s evolving the function of the full-back together with Reds teammate Trent Alexander-Arnold.
So it’s a superb factor it didn’t work at Celtic and instructed talkSPORT as a lot when talking on My Unsung Hero.
“At that second, I’d’ve cherished to play for Celtic at Parkhead in entrance of 60,00 followers,” he defined.
“That was my intention after I was youthful and it acquired taken away from me – but it surely stood me in good stead for what was subsequent in my profession.
“The day I acquired launched, it was laborious. I went residence, I cried, I made positive I surrounded myself with my household, after which the following day you’re again into faculty.
“I felt a bit embarrassed entering into and telling my buddies. I’ve acquired a superb bubble which I by no means take without any consideration, buddies I’ve had since I used to be two or three years previous.
“Soccer is folks’s life, some folks battle when their dream is taken away from them and so they’ve acquired no approach again.
“Fortunately, I went to Queen’s Park and simply tried to take pleasure in my soccer.”
Jose Mourinho even admitted his Manchester United crew couldn’t deal with the depth of Robertson’s play throughout Liverpool’s 3-1 victory over the Purple Devils in December 2018.
In simply three seasons at Anfield Robertson has reached the Champions League ultimate twice, profitable it as soon as, and in addition develop into a Premier League winner.
Whereas not many will predict massive issues for Scotland at Euro 2020, Robertson is aware of how far need can take you, particularly after 23 years of ready.
“Having the ability to qualify for a match for the primary time in 23 years offers you perception you are able to do it once more and go and carry out within the massive tournaments,” he stated, decided to maintain the Tartan Military smiling.
Liverpool’s success shouldn’t be wholly right down to his and the general high quality, nonetheless.
They’ve develop into much more streetwise and are ready to make use of the darkish arts throughout matches – and nobody within the Liverpool squad epitomises that greater than Robertson.
He’s not afraid of a confrontation with the easiest, pushing Lionel Messi’s head down whereas the referee wasn’t wanting in the course of the second leg of Liverpool’s well-known Champions League overcome Barcelona final season. He additionally clashed with Luis Suarez a number of occasions for good measure.
Robertson has since admitted he ‘perhaps went over the road‘ in that conflict with Messi, however that’s unlikely to placate the Argentine.
There have been indicators of that this season, too.
Robertson arguably began a battle between Liverpool and Leicester gamers after the Reds claimed a late win over the Foxes within the Premier League. The Scot appeared to subtly brush Ayoze Perez earlier than celebrating the victory in entrance of him.
However this isn’t to say all this success ‘Robbo’ has skilled has led to him dropping contact along with his true self.
He’s generally known as the ‘working class hero’ by Liverpool followers having executed voluntary work with folks from Liverpool’s foodbank service within the lead-up to Christmas 2018.
It’s issues like that which have made him a followers’ favorite – and now he’s helped ship the Premier League, making Robertson a membership legend.
The boy from Glasgow did good.