Andrew Robertson had his first involvement with Liverpool’s first team squad yesterday when they faced Hertha Berlin, some five years and a day after the Scotland international made his bow in senior football.
Robertson played for Queens Park against Berwick Rangers at Shielfield on 28 July, 2012, in a Ramsdens Cup tie in front of 372 fans and the Spiders skipper that day, Tony Quinn, remembers protecting the then 17-year-old in the end-of-match penalty shoot-out.
The 90 minutes finished 1-1 with Quinn scoring and he scored again before extra time ended at 2-2, with goalkeeper Neil Parry called up for spot-kick duties before Robertson was.
Quinn said: “Andrew did alright that afternoon on his debut, that is for sure. I remember when Gardner Speirs brought him into the first team squad for pre-season I thought that he was a bit lightweight, but after a couple of games I was thinking this boy can play.”
“We had good left backs before with Barry Douglas and Daryll Meggatt so we had been wondering who would fill that position. Gardner deserves great credit for being brave enough to go with Andrew.”
As for the shoot-out, Quinn said: “I actually missed mine so failed to get a unique hat-trick with Michael Keenan and Jamie Longworth also missing. Thankfully Berwick were as bad and it became sudden death.”
“Andrew was just a kid so we were not looking to get him to take one. Big Parry grabbed the ball and just said he was taking one. He smashed it off the underside of the bar and we won 3-2.”
“It would not have been right to put Andrew in the position of taking one unless we had no option, as you are never sure how a youngster will react.
“Based on how his career has gone since I am sure that he would have scored it.”
After just one season at Hampden, Robertson moved on to Dundee United and then 12 months later he headed to Hull City where he spent three years before clinching his move to Anfield.
But he has never forgotten his black and white hooped colleagues.
Quinn said: “He still keeps in contact with the boys that were here.
“He is going to be a dad soon as well so a lot of good things have happened to him since that day in Berwick.”
“He is still a great supporter of Queen’s and everyone here is delighted about his dream move.”