Scotland manager Steve Clarke has hit back at those who have been criticising Liverpool defender Andy Robertson for his performances for his country.
The second international break of the season has kicked in and Liverpool's Robertson is hoping he can lift Scotland from their current gloom.
Qualifying for next summer's European Championships is now a tall order, as the Scots may now need to use the play-offs in order to qualify.
Ahead of Scotland's double-header against Russia and then a home clash against San Marino, Clarke has defended his captain, as he stated that you are going to be 'crucified' when you're not winning matches.
“Listen, when you don’t win matches you are going to be crucified,” Clarke told The Scotsman. “Andy is experienced enough to realise that. He is the captain and the one who gets it. But it is unfair. It’s unfair to single out Andy Robertson and say that he should take the criticism.
“Everyone should take criticism. It’s a collective thing. I have spoken to Andy since we had a good chat and he is fine.
“There is always going to be certain criticism – Alan Hansen wasn’t good enough to play for Scotland either. The best way to avoid the criticism is to get points, to win matches and draw matches you are expected to lose. That just makes everyone feel a little bit better. It’s the same in club football.”
Robertson is Scotland's best player and he will be hoping to take some of his success for Liverpool onto the international stage.
In recent seasons, Robertson has taken his game to perhaps levels not many people would have imagined as he is arguably the best left-sided fullback in the world right now.
Nonetheless, when he returns from Scotland duty, a big game awaits him straightaway because Jurgen Klopp's side will take on bitter rivals Manchester United at Old Trafford.
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