In 2022, Andy Robertson is a name known by football fans around the globe.
Turning 28 on March 11th, he has racked up a CV that legends of the game would be proud of. An industrious full back with skill to match his work rate, he is an integral part of Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool, making 152 appearances for a side that have brought home a Champions League, Premier League and most recently Carabao Cup. Not only a standout at club level, Robertson now assumes the role as captain of the Scottish national team, last year guiding his country to their first major tournament since the 1998 World Cup. By all accounts, today Robertson is a superstar excelling at the pinnacle of world football; however, this has not always been the case.
Born and raised in Glasgow, Robertson’s footballing aspirations started out at his boyhood club Celtic. Unfortunately, any dreams of playing professionally in the green and white hoops were shattered early on when he was released from the Academy at under-15 level for being deemed “too small”. Following his release, he would then go on to join semi-professional side Queen’s Park, training twice a week and playing on weekends; all the while holding down a full-time job at Hampden Park answering the phones. At 18 years old, he hit a crossroads and made a promise to his parents that he would give it his all in for one more year in his attempt to become professional and would focus on university or college if he hadn’t made a breakthrough by the end of that timescale. Thankfully, Robertson made his Queen's Park debut against Berwick Rangers in July 2012 aged 18. Quickly finding form, Robertson would make just 34 appearances for The Spiders before being snapped up by Dundee United.
Yet again, Robertson immediately laid down a marker at his new club, making his debut on the opening day of the season. On 22 September 2013, Robertson scored his first goal for Dundee United, in a 2–2 draw against Motherwell and would pick up the SPFL Young Player of the Month award for that month. Following a stellar individual season, he would also go on to win the vote for PFA Scotland Young Player of the Year.
Unsurprisingly, his stellar form would attract suitors from south of the border and In July 2014, Dundee United accepted an offer of £2.85 million for Robertson from English Premier League club Hull City. Yet again, he got off to a flyer, making his competitive debut on the opening day of the season in a 1–0 victory away from home to Queens Park Rangers, in which he made a goal-line clearance and put in a very impressive performance. He made 24 that appearances that season for The Tigers, but unfortunately was unable to save his side from the drop into the EFL Championship. His spell at the KC Stadium, although once again very successful from an individual standpoint; was a mixed bag collectively. Despite winning promotion back to the English top flight in 2015/16, his side would yet again succumb to relegation the following season. This was a blow that would mark the end of his time in East Yorkshire. Despite the decline of his club, Robertson’s individual stock continued to rise and that’s when Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool came a calling.
Signed initially as a backup option; as is the trend, Robertson won his place in the first-team midway through the 2017/18 season, slotting perfectly into a formidable Liverpool side that would quickly become the ruthless outfit we see today. One Champions League, one Premier League and hundreds of laser-accurate crosses later, the Flying Scotsman is rightly recognised as one of the best full-backs in world football, and doesn’t look like slowing down anytime soon.