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Andy Robertson leader of the pack: where it began

A modern-day Scottish football legend, Andy Robertson’s youth career didn’t have the continual upward trajectory his senior one perhaps has. 

Now captain of his country, Robertson began his career humbly, playing for local Glasgow Southside team Giffnock SC.

Highly respected in youth football, Giffnock is home to over 1400 registered players and 200 volunteers. Robertson played for the club as early as 2002 when he was just eight years old. 

From a young age, it was clear he had talent because it wasn’t long before Scottish champions Celtic noticed him. Robertson signed for the Bhoys in 2003 but was released six years later. 

Several greats of the game have graced the hallowed Parkhead turf but the left-back didn’t get the opportunity to before he was released. 

What turned out to be a huge error from the Hoops is even worse when one considers the reasons, they released Robertson. The Scotland skipper spoke out a few years ago about why he was let go by his boyhood club.

“Height was a part of it”, he said speaking to Celts are Here.

“Also the physicality. I wasn’t exactly muscle-bound; I wasn’t built or anything like that.

“I got released when there was a big change at Celtic. 

“We were, unfortunately, moving away from the Tommy (Burns) era.

“They went down a different route and tried to change a little bit, and that summer, a lot of players got released at all ages.”

A compliment to his elite mentality which has seen him rise to the top of world football, Robertson didn’t let his Celtic release faze him. Instead, the defender used it as motivation and immediately after leaving the Hoops, he joined Queen’s Park.

Handed his first-team debut for the Spiders at just 18, Robertson rapidly rose to the top. A move to Dundee United came just a year after he played his first game in senior football and after 12 impressive months with the Arabs, he earned a transfer South of the border with to Hull City.

A solid three years with the Tigers saw Liverpool take notice of Robertson’s talents and Jurgen Klopp signed him for just £7.6m in 2017. Since then, he has never looked back, going on to win every major domestic honour available in England, as well as a Champions League title. 

Now the most capped Scotland captain, Robertson is a prime example to any young player across the country. Having started humbly with a local youth club, his release from Celtic at 15 in no way flustered him. He used it as fuel for his fire and rapidly rose to the top of football.

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