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LACK OF SCOTS QUALITY HAMPERS ROBBO, CLAIMS EX-ENGLAND STAR

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ANDY ROBERTSON is being hampered because of a lack of quality in Steve Clarke’s Scotland squad.

That’s the stark verdict of former Liverpool and England midfielder Jamie Redknapp who believes it is difficult for the left-back to replicate his Anfield form at international level.

Scots skipper Robertson, 25, has been a sensation since Jurgen Klopp paid Hull City £8million for him two years ago and played a key role, along with ex-Celt Virgil Van Dijk, in the Merseyside outfit winning the Champions League last season and their spectacular form this time around.

The former Queen’s Park and Dundee United defender, who was once rejected by the Hoops as a youth, has struggled to show the same consistency with his country and failed to spark in the recent back-to-back Euro 2020 defeats from Russia and Belgium at Hampden.

Redknapp, speaking to BBC Sport, said: “Football is always easier when you are playing with better players.

“The quality just isn’t there in Scotland right now. That is no disrespect to the players he is playing with for Scotland, but they are not as good as the ones he plays with at Liverpool.

“He has an incredible understanding with Sadio Mane, Mo Salah, that has been happening for years.

“John Barnes found it harder to play for England than he did for Liverpool because he played with better players.

“Andy gives his all in every game, he is a great player and incredibly proud to play for Scotland.

“The way Liverpool play, they get it in to the wide areas and play so high up the pitch. A lot of the time when he is playing for Scotland, they are going to be defending more, so he hasn’t got the time to get up the pitch and make his crosses.”

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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