Andy Robertson trains with Scotland squad, two days after celebrating Liverpool’s season at open-top bus parade – as captain prepares for World Cup play-off clash against Ukraine
- Scotland take on Ukraine in a World Cup play-off semi-final tomorrow night
- The winner will face Wales on Sunday with a place at Qatar 2022 on the line
- Andy Robertson trained three days after Liverpool’s Champions League loss
- The Scotland captain was criticised by some fans for partying and drinking on the Reds’ open-top bus parade on Sunday ahead of the crucial play-off match
Andy Robertson was among the Scotland squad training today as he returned to work two days after celebrating Liverpool’s season on an open-top bus parade.
The Scotland captain played in the Reds’ Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid on Saturday night but was criticised by some fans online for partying and drinking during the bus parade which followed on Sunday in Liverpool.
It comes with Scotland targeting a first World Cup in 24 years – they host Ukraine on Wednesday night at Hampden Park with the winner taking on Wales in Cardiff on Sunday with a place at the World Cup in Qatar later this year on the line.
Andy Robertson was among the Scotland squad training ahead of their World Cup play-off
It comes two days after some fans criticised Robertson for his celebrations at Liverpool’s open-top bus parade but he was all smiles in Scotland training today
And Robertson was all smiles as he trained with the squad on Tuesday in Edinburgh.
Liverpool organised the event after winning the Carabao Cup and FA Cup this season, and it still went ahead despite the team losing the Champions League final the previous day.
Thousands of Liverpool fans lined the streets, and Robertson appeared to be enjoying himself as he was filmed with a beer in hand on the bus. A number of Scotland fans were less than impressed with his celebrations, though.
‘Big fan of Andy Robertson and everything he has done for Scotland. However this is not really acceptable for a Scotland captain 3 days before one of the biggest games in recent history. Better put in a big performance on Wednesday night,’ one fan wrote on Twitter.
Robertson was filmed with a beer in hand as he danced to Calvin Harris’s DJ set on Sunday
‘Really isn’t a good look for Robertson. Huge game for Scotland coming up and he’s a few hours down the road getting onit,’ another fan added.
Meanwhile, ex-Scotland star Graeme Souness emotionally admitted he wants Ukraine to beat his homeland tomorrow to ‘send a message to Russia’ amid the ongoing war.
Souness told The Times: ‘When I have thought about this game in my quieter moments, I’ve thought, “How would I deal with this?”
‘Part of me keeps coming back to the fact that it’s just a game of football, and do I really want to beat them? Whether it’s sport, politics, the arts, whatever it is, we must send a message to Russia that it’s not acceptable what they are doing.
Souness questioned whether Scotland’s players will truly want to win against Ukraine
The Scot claimed he wanted Ukraine to go on and win the World Cup to send Russia a message
‘I’m going to find myself in a really difficult situation. I’ll be emotional. I don’t just want Ukraine to qualify, I want them to go there (Qatar) and win it.
‘How far do you have to bury your head in the sand not to realise the situation the world’s in right now? Will it be when someone presses the button on a nuclear weapon?
‘I’d not want to be one of the Scottish players playing that night. I don’t know where my emotions would be. My emotions when I think about it deeply are that it’s more important than football to send a message that Russia’s behaviour is unacceptable.