Andy Robertson apologises to fans and accepts that Scotland will be ‘scrutinised’ after admitting his side ‘didn’t show up’ during their World Cup play-off semi-final defeat to Ukraine
- Ukraine are in the World Cup play-off final after a superb 3-1 win over Scotland
- Andy Robertson apologised to the fans after admitting Scotland ‘didn’t show up’
- He said that Ukraine settled into the game quicker and that he was disappointed
- Robertson understands there will be scrutiny and that the team will be under fire
Andy Robertson apologised to the Tartan Army after admitting Scotland ‘didn’t show up’ for their World Cup play-off semi-final defeat to Ukraine.
On an emotional night at Hampden, Andriy Yarmolenko and Roman Yaremchuk struck either side of half-time for the war-torn nation before Callum McGregor pulled a late goal back for Steve Clarke’s side.
Artem Dovbyk’s stoppage-time goal then sealed a final showdown with Wales in Cardiff on Sunday.
Andy Robertson apologised to the fans after claiming Scotland ‘didn’t show up’ on Wednesday
‘It’s hugely disappointing,’ said Scotland skipper Robertson. ‘We have waited a long time for this game and our performances beforehand have been really good but, to be honest, we didn’t really show up. Ukraine settled into the game quicker than us and that continued.
‘We knew they were going to get tired and that was the case but we gave ourselves too much of an uphill battle.
‘We were pushing at the end and left ourselves open to the counter attack, but you have to do that. We didn’t play the way we wanted to and that’s the most disappointing thing.
Ukraine are through to the World Cup play-off final after a 3-1 win over Scotland
Robertson understands that there will be ‘scrutiny’ and that the team will be under fire
‘Unfortunately, it’s passed us by now and, after a really positive campaign, we’ve let ourselves down tonight.
‘It’s been a positive campaign, finishing second and getting a home play-off and we have to hurt. That’s the World Cup gone for another four years and that’s really hard because we all had dreams of trying to play in that big tournament.
‘We didn’t put in a performance that justified that tonight. There will be scrutiny, we will be under fire. That’s the way of it but we have to stick together as a group.
‘We’ve taken massive strides over the past couple of years and there will be a time where we have to put it in perspective but tonight is not that night.
‘All we can say is sorry to the fans in here and back home for disappointing them.’
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