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Robertson insists Scots' united front can lead them to qualification

Published 03/09/2015 | 02:30

Hull City's Andrew Robertson (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)
Hull City's Andrew Robertson (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

Andy Robertson senses the whole Scotland squad is united in their quiet determination to end their long absence from a major finals.

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The Hull left-back, at the age of 21, is too young to remember Scotland's last appearance on the big stage, the 1998 World Cup finals in France.

Possibly because of that lengthy hiatus, talk of another trip across the English Channel for next summer's European Championship is kept to a minimum among Gordon Strachan's men.

Scotland are on course in their qualification bid having beaten Georgia and Republic of Ireland at home, and drawn in Poland and Dublin, but other results have made their goal even harder to attain ahead of their latest Group D clash in Tbilisi tomorrow night.

So the focus is on the task in hand rather than thinking about what might lie in store next June.

Robertson said: "It's not really like you talk about it as such, but all the boys know that we want to get Scotland back in the big competitions. That's all the boys' aim in that squad just now.

"We don't talk about who we're sharing a room with in France and things like that.

"But obviously we all want to get there and you can see that when you are talking to all the boys - everyone wants to go to the one place."

Poland's two wins over Georgia, and the Republic's last-gasp victory in Tbilisi, mean Scotland could find themselves behind if they fail to collect three points, but their form would give them every hope of making up lost points in successive Hampden contests against Germany and Poland.

Irish Independent

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