NEW Scotland cap Andy Robertson went into his first international against Poland last night determined not to be over-awed by the occasion.
The 19-year-old continued his sharp ascent up the football ladder when he came on midway through the second half of Scotland’s 1-0 friendly victory over Poland in Warsaw.
Gordon Strachan praised the Dundee United left-back for embarking on a 30-yard surge up the wing with his first touch and Robertson admitted he was focused on playing his normal game as Scotland beat their Euro 2016 rivals thanks to Scott Brown’s impressive strike.
Robertson’s bursts down the wing took him in direct contact with Poland captain Lukasz Piszczek, the Borussia Dortmund right-back who played in the Champions League final last year, when Robertson was still an amateur with Queen’s Park.
Robertson said: “You can’t think too much about it. You have every right to be on the park, the same as him. He is a very good player but you can’t over-think about who are you up against. You just concentrate on your own game.
“It was a proud moment for me and my family. Some of them were here cheering us on and the other ones that weren’t here I’m sure will be happy at home.”
Robertson’s confident approach has helped him progress to being an ever-present for Dundee United this season following his summer move from Hampden.
But even he finds his rise difficult to comprehend sometimes, especially after being reminded that 12 months before his international debut he was playing in a 5-3 win at Elgin in the Third Division.
“First of all it was a massive win that night for us, it pushed us towards the play-offs,” he joked.
“But, no, it is a wee bit scary to look back and think then I’m playing in that kind of stadium with the players I was playing with.
“But it’s just about having confidence in yourself and a good family background. That has pushed me on.”
Robertson, whose next assignment is a William Hill Scottish Cup quarter-final at Inverness on Sunday, added: “Hopefully I’ve got many squads to come.
“You can’t look too far forward. I’ve just got to hopefully finish strongly with Dundee United this season. We have got a massive game on Sunday in the cup.
“We have just got to keep looking forward. Everything is coming so quick. We have a big game on Sunday and we need to concentrate on that.”