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Exclusively with Andy Robertson: Scotland Wants to Make History at the 2024 European Championship

Andy Robertson says Scotland are aiming to be “the team that makes history” at Euro 2024 by getting past the group stage of a major tournament for the first time.

Scotland, who have qualified for the European Championship for the second year in a row, open the tournament on Friday 14 June in Munich against hosts Germany. Group A includes Steve Clarke’s team, Hungary and Switzerland.

After a disappointing group stage at Euro 2020, in which their only point came from a 0-0 draw with England, Robertson believes reaching the knockout stages in Germany would be a massive step forward for Scotland.

“Our aim is to be the team that makes history,” said the Liverpool defender. “We have to try to get out of the group, that has to be our aim.”

“We look at the group. It’s a tough group, a competitive group. But we believe we can give any team a run for their money. And if we can do that and get out of the group, then we’ll be the first Scottish team to ever do that.”

Scotland’s provisional squad of 28 players

  • Goalkeepers: Zander Clark (Hearts), Craig Gordon (Hearts), Angus Gunn (Norwich), Liam Kelly (Motherwell)
  • Defenders: Liam Cooper (Leeds United), Grant Hanley (Norwich), Jack Hendry (Al-Ettifaq), Ross McCrorie (Bristol City), Scott McKenna (Copenhagen), Ryan Porteous (Watford), Anthony Ralston (Celtic), Andy Robertson (Liverpool), John Souttar (Rangers), Greg Taylor (Celtic), Kieran Tierney (Real Sociedad)
  • Midfielders: Stuart Armstrong (Southampton), Ryan Christie (Bournemouth), Billy Gilmour (Brighton), Ryan Jack (Rangers), Kenny McLean (Norwich), John McGinn (Aston Villa), Callum McGregor (Celtic), Scott McTominay (Manchester United)
  • Strikers: Che Adams (Southampton), Ben Doak (Liverpool), Lyndon Dykes (Queens Park Rangers), James Forrest (Celtic), Lawrence Shankland (Hearts)

He added: “We tried to write our own history, we tried to write our own story in a nation that has produced many good teams and many football legends in the past.”

“We are trying to write a small piece of history and we have succeeded in doing so by qualifying for both tournaments. But qualifying in the group would be a huge step. It would take us even further and give us even more confidence than we already have.”

“Euro 2020 is a learning curve for Scotland”

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND – JUNE 22: Scotland's Andrew Robertson during a Euro 2020 match between Croatia and Scotland at Hampden Park on June 22, 2021 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Craig Williamson / SNS Group)
Robertson was frustrated when Scotland lost both games at Hampden Park during Euro 2020

Euro 2020, held in the summer of 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, was Scotland’s first participation in a major tournament in 23 years.

Scotland opened the tournament with a 2-0 loss to the Czech Republic at Hampden Park, before a goalless draw with England at Wembley and a 3-1 defeat to Croatia sealed their elimination.

Despite the disappointing exit, Robertson believes he and his teammates learned a lot from this season.

Scotland's Andrew Robertson applauds the fans after the UEFA Euro 2020 Group D match against Croatia at Hampden
Robertson believes Scotland have learned from their disappointment at Euro 2020

“Obviously qualifying was incredible but different because it was behind closed doors,” he said. “Then the excitement started building and we knew the fans would be back in some form but the world was still a pretty strange, strange place… so it was different but we were looking forward to it.”

“It was strange that Scotland were finally back in a major tournament. We only had 10,000 fans at Hampden but it felt like 50,000 because we had played a whole season without anyone in the stadiums. But ultimately it was a disappointment when we got there.

“Obviously we had the good result at Wembley which put us in a position where we could have qualified in the last game but ultimately Croatia were too good for us that day. But the game against the Czech Republic, the opening game, was difficult to take because we played really well, created big chances but didn’t take them properly and got caught on the counter – and that’s how we got introduced to the routines of big tournaments.

“It was a learning process and a lot of us, a lot of the team, are similar and hopefully we learned a lesson from it.”

Robertson optimistic for 2024 European Championship kick-off

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Kris Boyd discusses how Scotland will approach their opening Euro 2024 match against Germany, and believes the team is not just taking part in the tournament to replenish its numbers.

In three weeks, Robertson will lead Scotland into Bayern Munich’s Allianz Arena to face hosts Germany in the opening match of the 2024 European Championships, which is sure to be a major event.

This is nothing new for the 30-year-old, who has played in important matches for Liverpool in recent years, but he admits it will be difficult to view the opening match of Euro 2024 as just another game.

When asked what would be going through his mind after leading Scotland onto the field in Munich and the national anthem playing, he said: “I think the simple answer is to try and treat it like a normal game, but I don’t think that’s possible.”

“I think it’s a special occasion, of course it is – you open the tournament and I think when the national anthem is played there will be a lot of Tartan Army there – but we’ll all be singing it loud and proud too.”

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Former Scotland international Gary McAllister believes Steve Clarke’s midfield will play a key role at Euro 2024 in helping the team reach the knockout stages of a major finals for the first time.

“The national anthem in each of our games is a moment of reflection, that’s what I always try to do. I always try to look at my roots and the people who have helped me along the way. I think it will be no different. But it will be a special feeling, it will be a special game, that’s for sure.”

“There is this feeling in the stomach and this excitement, and we don’t want to let that be taken away from us. You can live off of that, and it is important that we use it to our advantage and not against us.”

“Ultimately, we’re after a result. Of course, there’s going to be a lot going on, the opening ceremony and things like that, but ultimately it’s about getting off to a good start in the tournament and that’s what we’ll be fully focused on when that game happens.”

Robertson joins Souness in exclusive club

Graeme Souness (right) captained the Scottish national team in two major finals
Graeme Souness (right) captained the Scottish national team in two major finals

This will be Robertson’s second major tournament and second as Scotland captain.

So far, only Graeme Souness has captained the Scots in two tournaments and Robertson emphasises that it will be a “special feeling” to join this exclusive club alongside Souness.

When Robertson heard of the comparison with Souness, he said: “I didn’t know that. I know Scotland have qualified for tournaments but we haven’t done that for a long time. But the fact that he is the only one to have captained twice… well, if I can join him then that is a very special feeling and we are looking forward to it.”

“We’re just happy to be back in a tournament and most of the players from the last team will be back again this time.”

“The fact that we can represent our country in another tournament is great and every time I put on the captain’s armband it is the same honour and pride.”

“After the tournament and on vacation, I will have this moment of reflection and be able to look back on it with real pride.”

Important dates for Scotland

Monday, June 3: Warm-up phase for the 2024 European Championship, Gibraltar against Scotland at the Estadio Algarve, Portugal; kick-off 17:00

Friday, June 7: Warm-up phase for the 2024 European Championship, Scotland against Finland at Hampden Park, Glasgow; kick-off 19:45

Friday, June 7: Final 26-player squad submitted to UEFA by 11pm

Saturday, June 8: Final 26-player squad announced

Sunday, June 9: Scotland’s team flies to the base camp in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Bavaria

Scotland’s schedule for the Euro 2024

Scotland has experience in opening tournaments: At the 1998 World Cup, the opening match was drawn against Brazil, which Scotland narrowly lost 2-1 thanks to an own goal by Tom Boyd in the second half.

This time the venue is the Munich football arena. [Allianz Arena] where Steve Clarke’s team will play the opening match of Euro 2024 against hosts Germany At 14th June.

Scotland also has to compete against permanent qualification teams Switzerland in Cologne on 19 Junewith Hungary – who reached the knockout round in 2016 – is waiting in Stuttgart on 23rd June.

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