Andy Robertson's leadership brutally questioned after Scotland's Euro 2024 exit

Andy Robertson failed to impress at Euro 2024 with Scotland
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Alan McInally has sparked debate by suggesting Andy Robertson's role as Scotland captain is largely down to his Liverpool credentials.

Robertson, now 30 and a stalwart at Anfield since his move from Hull City in July 2017, has been a cornerstone of Liverpool's success over the last seven years. With 297 appearances under his belt for the Merseyside giants, he's lifted the Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup, and two League Cups - among other trophies.

As Liverpool's go-to left-back, Robertson's place in the team seems secure, especially with Arne Slot at the helm next season. His international duty saw him play every minute for Scotland in its disappointing Euro 2024 campaign, where the team finished at the bottom of Group A with just a single point.

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The fallout from Scotland's lacklustre performance at Euro 2024 has led to scrutiny over Steve Clarke's squad choices. Amid this, former Scotland forward McInally has cast doubt on Robertson's captaincy, pinpointing one particular reason for his leadership role.

While speaking with Betfair, McInally remarked: Speaking to Betfair, McInally said: "I wouldn't have minded Scott McTominay or John McGinn becoming Scotland captain. Steve Clarke has gone for 'Robbo' for the simple reason that he plays for Liverpool. He's had an unbelievable good three or four years and he knows him and the lads look up to players like that. And he has a little bit more seniority than McGinn and McTominay.

"That's why he's the captain and I don't have a problem with that. But I think if you said to Robertson, look, I'm going to give it to McTominay or John McGinn, I think he'd be like, we're a team here. It's not all about me. It's not who's the captain.

"In terms of the captaincy, we've got three players that could be captain. Maybe four if you throw in Grant Hanley, because he has over 50 caps, and he just brings a little bit more steel to our back line. But out with that. We don’t have any captains in the team - we don’t have anyone that carries that gravitas."

Robertson is set to enjoy a break from soccer before teaming up with Slot and the Liverpool squad for pre-season. The Reds get their Premier League campaign underway with a trip to newly-promoted Ipswich on Saturday, August 17, before matches against Brentford and Manchester United to end the first month.