Both Liverpool defender Andy Robertson and Aston Villa midfielder John McGinn are international teammates for Scotland.
Tam McManus has hit out at Jamie Redknapp after he suggested that Scotland’s national team is hampering Liverpool defender Andy Robertson because of the lack of quality they have on the international stage.
Former Scottish Premiership player McManus used Aston Villa’s John McGinn as an example that Robertson is playing with players who are currently doing well in the Premier League.
Redknapp’s comments didn’t sit well with Scotland manager Steve Clarke either, who simply wasn’t impressed by what the Sky Sports pundit was saying, as reported by The Mirror.
Speaking to PLZ Soccer, former Scottish Premiership player McManus stated that Redknapp was ‘out of order’ for his claims about Robertson.
“I think he’s out of order,” McManus told PLZ Soccer. “I don’t think that’s the case at all. I think Andy Robertson is probably the best left-back in the world.
“He is playing a different style with Scotland. At Liverpool, he bombs forward all day, he has a great engine. He has the licence to do that. He is playing in a great team, with top-quality players. He can do that all day.
“With Scotland, a lot of the time, you haven’t got the ball. You have got to sit in and you have got to defend. And Andy has to so that for us and maybe that is hindering our performances. He can’t play his normal game as he does with Liverpool. I think [Redknapp’s comments] are a bit disrespectful to the players we have got. John McGinn and Kenny McLean, guys who are doing well in the Premier League.”
It has been a struggle for Scotland for a long time now, and Robertson is simply part of the problem, as he is trying to end their drought of not reaching a major tournament since the ’90s.
Whilst Scotland struggle on the international stage, Robertson is thriving with Liverpool at club level where he is regarded as the best left-back in the world.