The Liverpool defender has had struggles on the international scene with Scotland.
Scotland manager has dismissed the comments of former Liverpool star Jamie Redknapp after he suggested the Scotland national team wasn’t good enough to support Andy Robertson, The Daily Record report.
In comments given to BBC Scotland last month, Redknapp claimed “the quality just isn’t there in Scotland right now,” when asked about Robertson’s woes with his country.
The left-back, who captains Scotland, has struggled both in terms of performances and results in recent months.
That’s in direct contrast to his Liverpool form, where he’s been as good as ever.
Addressing the comments, Clarke told The Daily Record: “He’s a paid pundit, he’s got his opinion and Jamie also has a Liverpool connection so maybe he’s tried to protect Andy a little bit.
“But Andy is a big boy. He doesn’t need protecting. Every time I name a squad Andy is the first to reply, ‘When is it gaffer? I’ll see you there!’.
“Andy takes a lot of responsibility on himself, the fact that he is such a high profile player. He is the captain of the squad and he takes a lot on himself.
“He should be commended for that rather than criticised. He wants the team to do well and he’s determined to lead us to Euro 2020.”
No Liverpool impact
Thankfully for Liverpool fans, Robertson’s issues when heading off on international duty don’t appear to be impacting on his performances with the Reds.
In fact, his form since returning from the double defeat to Russia and Belgium last time has been exceptional, creating two assists and even scoring a superb goal in the UEFA Champions League.
No doubt he’ll be hoping upcoming matches against Russia and San Marino go a bit smoother for both himself and his country. There’s no doubt he has the talent to play at a major international tournament.
Even if it all goes wrongly though, the player will be well up for a big clash against Manchester United at Old Trafford.