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Andrew Robertson (born 11 March 1994) is a Scottish professional footballer who plays as a left back for Premier League club Liverpool and captains the Scotland national team.

Andrew Robertson
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Robertson at the victory parade after Liverpool won the 2019 UEFA Champions League Final
Personal information
Full name Andrew Robertson[1]
Date of birth (1994-03-11) 11 March 1994 (age 25)
Place of birth Glasgow, Scotland
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Playing position Left back
Club information
Current team
Liverpool
Number 26
Youth career
0000–2009 Celtic
2009–2012 Queen's Park
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2012–2013 Queen's Park 34 (2)
2013–2014 Dundee United 36 (3)
2014–2017 Hull City 99 (3)
2017– Liverpool 63 (1)
National team
2013–2015 Scotland U21 4 (0)
2014– Scotland 32 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20:47, 14 September 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 16:37, 10 September 2019 (UTC)

Robertson began his senior career with Queen's Park in 2012 before joining Dundee United a year later. His form in his first season as a professional led to him being named SPFA Young Player of the Year and also making his international debut. He joined Hull City in July 2014 for a fee of £2.85 million, before joining Liverpool in July 2017 for an undisclosed fee, believed to be an initial £8 million. He appeared in successive UEFA Champions League finals in his first two seasons, winning the second in 2019. For his performances in the 2018–19 Premier League season, he was named in the PFA Team of the Year.

Robertson made his full international debut for Scotland in May 2014, and he was appointed Scotland captain in September 2018.

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Early life and careerEdit

Robertson was born in Glasgow and was a childhood Celtic fan.[2] His father Brian, nicknamed 'Pop', who grew up in the Maryhill area (specifically the Wyndford estate where he was a childhood friend of footballers Jim Duffy and Charlie Nicholas),[2] was a keen amateur player, although a spinal injury requiring him to wear a back brace prevented him from pursuing sport as a career.[2]

He attended St Ninian's High School in Giffnock, East Renfrewshire, from 2006 to 2012, where he captained the football team. He also played for Giffnock Soccer Centre and joined Celtic as a youth, but was released at under-15 level because he was considered to be too small.[3] He then signed for Queen's Park.[2]

Club careerEdit

Queen's ParkEdit

Focusing on his studies, Robertson was on the brink of starting university at undergraduate degree level before he was called up to the Queen's Park first team at the beginning of the 2012–13 season. He made his debut for the club in the Scottish Challenge Cup in a penalty shoot out win against Berwick Rangers,[4] and went on to make a total of forty appearances during the season,[5] helping the club to a third-place finish in the Scottish Third Division. His first goal for the club came in a 2–1 defeat to East Stirlingshire on 13 November 2012.[5]

Dundee UnitedEdit

Robertson signed for Scottish Premiership side Dundee United, along with Queen's Park teammate Aidan Connolly, on 3 June 2013;[6] he took the squad place of the departing Barry Douglas who had made the same move three years earlier.[7] Having been ignored in their requests for a transfer fee for Douglas, Queen's Park (an amateur club) protested at the prospect of more players departing to United for nothing and eventually agreed a deal involving a percentage of future transfers, which would later prove beneficial.[8]

Robertson immediately became part of manager Jackie McNamara's first team plans, making his debut for the club on the opening day of the season in a 0–0 draw with Partick Thistle. On 22 September 2013, Robertson scored his first goal for Dundee United, in a 2–2 draw against Motherwell.[9] He ran from his own half before sending a low left-foot drive in to the goal from 22 yards.[10] Soon afterwards he agreed a new contract with United, until May 2016.[11] He was voted SPFL young player of the month for September 2013 and player of the month for November 2013.[12] On 12 April 2014, Robertson played in the Scottish Cup Semi-final against Rangers at Ibrox, which United won 3–1.[13] In April 2014, Robertson won the PFA Scotland Young Player of the Year award[14][15] and was also named in the PFA Scotland Team of the Year for the 2013–14 Scottish Premiership.[16]

Hull CityEdit

 
Robertson playing for Hull City in 2015

In July 2014, Dundee United accepted an offer of £2.85 million for Robertson from English Premier League club Hull City.[17] The transfer was completed on 29 July, as Robertson signed a three-year contract with Hull.[18] As Stan Ternent, Hull City’s chief scout explained, "I'd been looking at Stuart Armstrong but [Robertson] was the no brainer … he'd a history with Celtic and he was always a determined lad given how he'd recovered from his setbacks. You could see straight away he had ability and he can only get better."[19]

He made his competitive debut on the opening day of the season in a 1–0 victory away to QPR.[20] Robertson quickly settled at Hull and established himself in the side, winning the club's Player of the Month award for August 2014.[21] He made 24 appearances in his debut season at the KC Stadium, but was unable to prevent the team from being relegated to the Championship.[22]

Despite the release of several other first-team players, Robertson opted to stay at City. His first goal for the club came on 3 November 2015 away to Brentford where he opened the scoring in a 2–0 win to put Hull top of the Championship table on goal difference.[23] He started the 2016 Championship Play-off Final against Sheffield Wednesday, which Hull won 1–0 to secure promotion to the Premier League.[24] The team spent just one season back in the top flight, however, before being relegated yet again.[22]

LiverpoolEdit

 
Robertson playing for Liverpool in the 2018 UEFA Champions League Final.

On 21 July 2017, Robertson signed a long-term deal with Liverpool for an initial fee of £8 million.[25][26] On 19 August, he made his debut in a 1–0 win over Crystal Palace,[27] winning the Man of the Match award.[2] Robertson started the 2017–18 season as understudy to Alberto Moreno, but got a run of games when the Spaniard was injured in December. His performance in the 4–3 victory against league leaders Manchester City on 14 January earned praise from the Liverpool supporters.[28] He scored his first goal for the club on the final match day of the 2017–18 season against Brighton & Hove Albion in a 4–0 victory.[29]

Marauding runs down the left have seen Andy Robertson establish himself as a fan favourite since his £8m move from Hull City in 2017. One of the world's best left-backs cost Liverpool just £8m.

— Sam Harris writing for the BBC after the 2019 UEFA Champions League Final.[30]

Robertson continued to play regularly for Liverpool during the 2018–19 season when Liverpool were runners-up in the English Premier League.[31] He signed a new contract with the club in January 2019, which is due to run until 2024.[31] He has been hailed as the best left back in the Premier League by Kevin Kilbane[32] and the best left back in the world by Phil Neville.[33] On 25 April, he was named in the PFA Team of the Year alongside Liverpool teammates, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Sadio Mané and Virgil van Dijk.[34]

On 1 June 2019, Robertson played the full 90 minutes of the Champions League final as Liverpool beat Tottenham Hotspur to secure their sixth European Cup.[35] He became the first Scot to win the tournament since Darren Fletcher (an unused substitute in 2008)[36] and the first to actually be on the field in a winning team since Paul Lambert in 1997.[35]

International careerEdit

Robertson was first selected by the Scotland under-21 team in October 2013.[37] He made his debut as a substitute in a 2–1 win against Slovakia.[38] Robertson was selected for the under-21 team in November 2015, as the full national team did not have a fixture.[39]

Robertson was first named in the full Scotland squad for a friendly against Poland on 5 March 2014. He came on as a substitute in the second half, as Scotland won 1–0 in Warsaw.[40] Scotland manager Gordon Strachan said afterwards "Andy came on there and the first time he picked it up he drove about 30 yards. I thought 'that's fantastic'. Absolutely no grey area, I'm going to do what I do. I loved seeing that first touch."[40] Robertson made his first start for the national team in a 2–2 draw with Nigeria on 28 May 2014.[41]

Robertson scored his first international goal in a friendly against England at Celtic Park in November 2014, scoring Scotland's only goal as they were beaten 3–1.[42]

On 3 September 2018, Robertson was appointed as Scotland captain by manager Alex McLeish.[43] After a 2–1 defeat against Israel in October 2018, Robertson said that both he and fellow left-back Kieran Tierney were being played out of position in the 3–5–2 system adopted by Alex McLeish to accommodate both players.[44]

In a UEFA Euro 2020 qualifier against Cyprus on 8 June 2019, Robertson scored the opening goal of the game with a long-range strike. Scotland eventually won 2–1.[45]

Style of playEdit

Robertson is considered by former England defender Phil Neville to be one of the best left-backs in the world, due to his pace, energy, and crossing ability.[33]

Personal lifeEdit

Robertson is engaged to Rachel Roberts,[46][47] who gave birth to their son, Rocco, on 26 August 2017.[48] In January 2019, the couple welcomed their second child and first daughter, Aria.[49]

In March 2018, Robertson donated a signed Liverpool shirt of his teammate Roberto Firmino to a young boy who had given his pocket money to a local food bank.[50]

Career statisticsEdit

ClubEdit

As of match played 14 September 2019
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League Cup[a] League Cup[b] Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Queen's Park 2012–13[51] Scottish Third Division 34 2 2 0 3 0 4[c] 0 43 2
Dundee United 2013–14[51] Scottish Premiership 36 3 5 2 3 0 44 5
Hull City 2014–15[51] Premier League 24 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 24 0
2015–16[51] Championship 42 2 2 0 5 1 3[d] 1 52 4
2016–17[51] Premier League 33 1 2 0 4 0 39 1
Total 99 3 4 0 9 1 0 0 3 1 115 5
Liverpool 2017–18[51] Premier League 22 1 1 0 1 0 6[e] 0 30 1
2018–19[51] Premier League 36 0 0 0 0 0 12[e] 0 48 0
2019–20[51] Premier League 5 0 0 0 0 0 1[f] 0 1[g] 0 7 0
Total 63 1 1 0 1 0 19 0 1 0 85 1
Career total 232 9 12 2 16 1 19 0 8 1 287 13
  1. ^ Includes Scottish Cup, FA Cup
  2. ^ Includes Scottish League Cup, League/EFL Cup
  3. ^ Two appearances in the Scottish Challenge Cup, two in Second Division play-offs
  4. ^ Appearances in Championship play-offs
  5. ^ a b Appearances in UEFA Champions League
  6. ^ Appearance in UEFA Super Cup
  7. ^ Appearance in FA Community Shield

International appearancesEdit

As of match played 8 June 2019[52][53]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
Scotland 2014 5 1
2015 3 0
2016 4 0
2017 8 1
2018 8 0
2019 2 1
Total 30 3

International goalsEdit

As of match played 8 June 2019. Scotland score listed first, score column indicates score after each Robertson goal.[42]
International goals by date, venue, opponent, score, result and competition
No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 18 November 2014 Celtic Park, Glasgow, Scotland   England 1–2 1–3 Friendly
2 1 September 2017 LFF Stadium, Vilnius, Lithuania   Lithuania 2–0 3–0 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
3 8 June 2019 Hampden Park, Glasgow, Scotland   Cyprus 1–0 2–1 UEFA Euro 2020 qualification

HonoursEdit

ReferencesEdit

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