Liverpool star Robertson named Scotland captain for Nations League kick-off

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The 24-year-old Reds defender is handed the armband by Alex McLeish ahead of their inaugural Nations League clash with Albania next week

Liverpool left-back Andy Robertson has been named as the new captain of the Scotland national team.

The 24-year-old missed out on his country’s last two games against Peru and Mexico due to featuring for his club in the Champions League final against Real Madrid.

However, he will wear the armband for Alex McLeish’s side in their upcoming friendly against World Cup semi-finalists Belgium and their Nations League game against Albania.

“It’s probably the pinnacle of my career,” Robertson told scottishfa.co.uk upon the reveal of his appointment. “It’s a massive honour for me and my family – it’s a great day for us.

“I’m looking for to leading the team out on Friday, leading them out in the future and trying to lead this country back to major tournaments.”

Speaking alongside the Reds defender, McLeish added: “Andy was the outstanding candidate. His rise-and-rise at Liverpool and at national level was sensational.

“The story of his career is fairytale stuff – when you consider he’s had setbacks a couple of times; it is the epitome of a true Scot to never give up.

“He carries himself well and is a tremendous professional. I know a lot of players inspire each other and Andy is an inspirational figure.”

Robertson joined Liverpool from Hull City in 2017 but was unable to establish himself as a regular member of Jurgen Klopp’s side until December when he stepped up to replace the injured Alberto Moreno.

A mercurial performance in his side’s 4-3 victory over Manchester City cemented his place the following month and he became a key member of the side who went all the way to the Champions League final.

He has started all four of his side’s games this season and has played a vital role in helping them to their best-ever start to a Premier League season.

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At international level, Robertson won his first call-up in 2014 while playing at Dundee United, coming off the bench in a friendly against Poland.

He scored his first international goal later that year too, in a 3-1 defeat to England at Celtic Park.

Scotland face Belgium at Hampden Park in a friendly on September 7 before kicking off their Nations League campaign against Albania at the same venue three days later on September 10.

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