ANDY ROBERTSON has admitted that being released by Celtic was heartbreaking but if it wasn’t for that, he wouldn’t be at Liverpool now.
Speaking to liverpoolfc.com, the Scottish internationalist, said that an u17’s with Queen’s Park against Stirling Albion at Forthbank one night changed his career path.
“My dad came and watched me – mum couldn’t make it because of work.
“I scored a goal from left-back and played really well and from that I went from next step to next step for Queen’s Park and everybody started noticing me again.
“After that game I kind of bypassed the SPL team and went and played a couple of games with the U19s at the end of the season, so I was ahead of the SPL team.
“I do genuinely believe that, since then, I’ve not looked back.”
Robertson went from strength to strength and was soon battling in the first team at the Glasgow club. However, it was the release of a 15-year-old Robertson that led him to this position.
“I remember going in with my mum and dad and it was obviously hard for them as well because they put so much effort into me travelling up and down the country, up to Aberdeen and Inverness and places like that to watch me after working all week.
“For that to come to an end, it’s hard, and everyone you know knows you play for Celtic – telling them you’ve been released is not a nice feeling.
“The amount of boys it happens to up and down the country is incredible, as is the amount of people that don’t come back from it because it just hits them that hard.
“I know boys that got released when we were younger and they’re nowhere to be seen and that happens with probably 95 per cent of the boys that do.”
The left-back credited the decision to let him go along with the support system of his football-daft family as the reason he stuck at it and ended up performing admirably at every team he has played with.
“These are the clubs you want to play for when you grow up. Liverpool, so much history, the fans are amazing, playing at Anfield toward the Kop, the legends that you get to meet and playing with such a quality squad.
“I’m so fortunate that I’ve managed to do that.”
Robertson is expected to start in the crucial double header against Slovakia and Slovenia.