Scotland coach James McFadden described Liverpool ace Andy Robertson as the “obvious” choice to become national team captain. Alex McLeish gave the Reds left-back the armband ahead of Friday’s friendly with Belgium at Hampden Park, which will serve as preparation for next Monday’s Nations League game against Albania at the same venue.
Robertson, who was let go by Celtic as a youth player before making his way to Anfield via Queen’s Park, Dundee United and Hull, made his Scotland debut in a 1-0 win over Poland in 2014 and has made 22 appearances.
McLeish has been searching for a replacement skipper for Scott Brown who stepped down in February, and McFadden says Robertson is the perfect candidate.
“He was the obvious choice,” McFadden said. “We have worked with him and the way he was about the camp in March for the first two friendlies was excellent, his desire to play for Scotland unquestionable and the fact is that he has done it the hard way.
“From where he has come from to get to here now is incredible. He is certainly playing at a ridiculous level for his club and the games he has played for us he has been outstanding, he was the outstanding candidate and I am delighted for him. I think he deserves it.
“He is a humble guy, you would never know that he plays for Liverpool, top of the league, been in the Champions League final and he is forward with his opinions and that’s what you need. He is a leader.”