Scotland legend Kenny Dalglish has revealed his pride at the progress of fellow countryman Andy Robertson at Anfield. The Scotland left-back has quickly become a firm favourite of manager Jurgen Klopp and fans alike following a string of polished performances. Robertson is set to be one of the first names on Klopp’s team-sheet for Tuesday’s Champions League semi-final against Roma and Dalglish believes the former Queen’s Park and Dundee United prospect deserves every accolade coming his way.
Dalglish said: "Andy has been fantastic ever since he came in to the team. I’m sure he was Man of the Match on his debut. Everyone in Scotland should be very, very proud of him. You only need to come to a game to sense the respect the punters have for him. They really enjoy watching Andy and he has his own chant already, which I know means a lot to him. Andy’s a quality player. He has pace, his final ball is excellent and he plays with his heart on his sleeve. It gives me a lot of satisfaction to see him flying the flag for Scotland."
Dalglish was back in Scotland as part of an all-star line-up at the SFA’s second elite coaching programme masterclass. Run as part of Project Brave, the two-day event in Edinburgh focused on the art of attacking and boasted some top-drawer speakers – including Eric Black and Henrik Larsson.
Dalglish explained: "I really enjoyed pulling the Scotland training kit back on. It’s always nice to get a touch of the ball. I think if you can help, you help. Football’s been very good to me and my family so if I can help someone else then why wouldn’t I? It’s not about what people took away from my session. Everyone has one thing in common – they want to play football well. So if I can help drop something in somewhere, fine. If not, at least I tried. I can only share my experiences and opinions. I can talk about the goals I’ve scored and the things I’ve done. I look at Henrik Larsson’s presentation and there was a lot of hard work went into his career. I like to think I put in a bit of graft as well. If it acts as inspiration for someone to step forward as a player, fine. The coaches are the ones who will educate and help them."