Scotland captain Andy Robertson has said he is set on leading the nation to the Euros after helping Liverpool end their long wait to win the Premier League.
The defender has been celebrating after Jurgen Klopp’s team were crowned champions, ending the Merseyside team’s 30-year wait to be top flight champions again.
Robertson, already a Champions League winner with Liverpool after establishing himself as one of the best left-backs in world football, says he is now determined to lead Scotland through the play-offs to the European Championships.
“That’s the one that I’m looking for now,” he told STV.
“Being captain it’s a huge honour for me to wear that armband in every game I play. If I was lucky enough to lead them out at a major tournament it would be one of the biggest achievements I’ve got.
“It would certainly be up there with the Premier League and Champions League trophies that I’ve got.”
Robertson said he believes the opportunity is there to take the final step and end the national team’s long exile from major finals, and for him to achieve what his respected predecessors didn’t.
“I’ve played in Scotland teams that have been fantastic and have fallen short,” he said.
“I’ve played under fantastic Scotland captains Darren Fletcher and Scott Brown and I know how much it hurt both of them not to play at a major tournament.
“I don’t want to be in a similar position to them if my career comes to an end and I’ve still not managed it.
“We’ve got a chance this year to put it right. We’ve got a play-off where if we play to our best I believe we can give it a hell of go and qualify for the Euros.
“That’s what our aim will be. We’ve got a bit of time to work towards it. It’s about keeping in touch with the lads and the manager and when October/November comes then we’ll be firing on all cylinders to get what we need.”
For now, the 26-year old is still enjoying the celebrations on Merseyside, despite lockdown making for a strange end to the season.
Liverpool has a history of great sides featuring great Scots and Robertson said it was a proud moment to achieve something that iconic players like Kenny Dalglish and Graeme Souness had done in the past.
“When you join this club as a Scottish player you learn about these guys and how many trophies they’ve won and what they achieved,” he said. “For me now, I’ve not caught them up but I’ve won two big trophies and it’s incredible to be on that list.
“Kenny’s been a big part of me coming to this club and he helped me and my family settle in so to be able to kind of repay him a little bit is nice. I won’t say I’ve joined the great Scottish names here in terms of name or stature but at least a couple of trophies give me similar medals.
“[Kenny] was one of the first to text. I saw him on the telly getting a bit emotional. This club is his life. He’s a family man but Liverpool’s a big part of that and he is at every game. That was for him and all of the fans.
“Thirty years was a long time to wait and hopefully they don’t wait that long ever again.”