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Andy Robertson a transfer target for Everton

Courtesy of “The Daily Mail”

For Andrew Robertson, there is one target left to attain in his remarkable breakthrough season.

After a Scotland cap and the PFA Scotland Young Player of the Year award, a Scottish Cup winner’s medal with Dundee United would crown his incredible rise from part-time football with Queen’s Park just 12 months ago.

Robertson is adamant, however, that completing a fairytale campaign would not mark the end of his ambitions at Tannadice.

Up for the cup: Dundee United ace Andrew Robertson wants to finish the season in style

Up for the cup: Dundee United ace Andrew Robertson wants to finish the season in style

 

The 20-year-old is already attracting interest from numerous English clubs – most prominently Everton – but still sees plentiful scope for improvement alongside his Tannadice contemporaries.

Stuart Armstrong and Ryan Gauld also made the Young Player of the Year shortlist, while centre-back John Souttar and striker Nadir Ciftci – a relative veteran at 22 – have been further key components of Jackie McNamara’s side.

All will attract transfer speculation this summer but Robertson agrees with the assertion Mark McGhee made in Sportsmail earlier this week.

Attracting interest: Everton are leading the chase for United youngster Robertson

Attracting interest: Everton are leading the chase for United youngster Robertson

 

The Scotland assistant manager believes the long-term development of United’s youngsters could well be aided by sticking around for at least another year.

‘That would be the ideal situation,’ insisted Robertson. ‘I’d like all the young boys staying together with all the experienced boys still helping us at United.

‘If we had another season all together, we would really push up that league. We were a bit sluggish at the start of this season as a result of trying to get things together but you can see now that we are in the flow.

‘We have had a few dips, but that is always going to happen. If we stay together, I am sure we will improve on our position.

‘However, money can have a say. Maybe the club couldn’t turn down a certain offer for a certain player but the ideal situation would be that we all stick together.’ 

There is precious little sign of Robertson’s recently acquired fame going to his head. The Everton link in January merely made him the target of good-natured jibes from his team-mates.

‘I took it in my stride,’ he reflected. ‘Teams were named, but there was nothing concrete and I just got on with my football.

Prize guy: Andrew Robertson shows off his PFA Scotland Young Player of the Year award

Prize guy: Andrew Robertson shows off his PFA Scotland Young Player of the Year award

 

‘I think it helped that there were three or four United boys being linked with moves and it wasn’t just concentrated on me. I think we all dealt with it well and had a joke about it, which was the best way to deal with it.

‘There have been more jokes over the last couple of weeks thanks to me, Stuart and Ryan being nominated for the Young Player of the Year award.

‘I am sure that kind of thing will continue. There is no doubt the United boys are going to be linked with moving away again in the summer, but I hope we can stay together because we have a young squad and I hope we can improve on our position and push up the league.’ 

United are currently fourth, four points adrift of Motherwell after hammering the Fir Park club 5-1 last weekend.

That exhilarating performance suggested McNamara’s side are clicking into form at the right time ahead of the May 17 final against St Johnstone.

On the rise: Robertson has made rapid progress since his switch to full-time football

On the rise: Robertson has made rapid progress since his switch to full-time football

 

‘Winning the Cup would be the cherry on top of this year,’ admitted Robertson. ‘That is what we are looking for. We have a 50-50 chance and everyone at the club is looking forward to it.

‘We know ourselves that we have not played our best in the last month, before the Motherwell game.

‘We did not play well in the semi-final against Rangers, even though we’d have taken the performance had we known we were going to win 3-1 beforehand.

‘But last Saturday was a great performance from the boys and we are now looking for a continuation of that because there is not much point in just turning up once a month.

‘Some people can blame youth for mixed results but I am not one to say that. If an experienced player such as John Rankin can be consistent every week, why can’t the young boys? You have got to start somewhere. There is no excuse.’

Staying grounded: Robertson is not getting carried away, despite being catapulted into the spotlight

Staying grounded: Robertson is not getting carried away, despite being catapulted into the spotlight

 

For Robertson, the countdown to the showpiece against Saints will be another new experience to savour.

‘Last year, I was with Queen’s Park and we were pushing for the play-off positions,’ he said. 

‘I never imagined I would be collecting the Young Player of the Year award 12 months later.
‘I wouldn’t want it any other way, though.

‘The United boys have been excellent with me. It helped at the start of the season that I was walking into a young changing-room with a few experienced heads such as John Rankin, Paul Paton and Sean Dillon, who help the younger boys so much.

‘They deserve a lot of credit, which they maybe don’t get all the time. We all get on and I think that is why we are performing so well this season.’

Andrew Robertson transfer target for Everton and Swansea

Dundee United’s teen prodigy Andrew Robertson has been linked with a £1 Million summer move to Everton and Swansea.

In the week Robertson has been called up to the full Scotland squad, Roberto Martinez has been a long term admirer of the flying Scotsman. United chairman Stephen Thompson has no need to sell any of his prized assets, due to the encouraging financial accounts published this week. But will a 7 figure offer tempt his hand?

Strachan will call up young guns for Scotland…if they keep lighting up the Premiership

Scotland coach Gordon Strachan has hinted his intention to call up the likes of Ryan Gauld, John Souttar, Andrew Robertson and a host of other young Scottish talent in the upcoming friendly internationals, as long as they keep performing for their respective clubs.

The national coach has admitted the young talent at Dundee United still has a long way to go, but he wants to use the friendlies in March and May to introduce the youngsters into the squad, even if it is just to sit on the bench.

Speaking to the Daily Record, the national coach said:

“When people ask me about the youngsters, it’s nothing I am not asking myself. We all get together and decide who we should be looking at.

“We know what’s going on and we have to decide if they can give us more than other players.

“We will have a couple of friendlies in the next six months and it would be great if we could use some of these lads if they keep up the standard of play they are showing.

“Between now and June I want to see the young players come along and excite not just the coaching staff, but the players who are already there.”

“There is nothing better for me as a coach than to have these youngsters coming in. Even as a club manager, I found their enthusiasm vibrates round the dressing room. But it is up to these people to keep playing.

“If they are ready for international level, top clubs will buy them.”

Strachan also hinted that the jump from SPFL action to playing the likes of Belgium in qualifying campaigns could be a step too far.

 

“We are asking players to go from playing at their level to playing right up there against the likes of Belgium and Croatia and that’s hard.

“Even if you go back six or seven years ago when Celtic were in the last 16 of the Champions League and Rangers were at the UEFA Cup Final, there were probably 11 players playing regularly in Europe.

“They could then go into international level and bring what they’d learned.

“We don’t have that just now. We have Charlie Mulgrew and Scott Brown and you can tell the difference in those two playing Champions League because they’ve been starring for Scotland.

“It’s hard to take players who are not playing at that level and expect them to deal with that.

“What we’ve got to do is get more teams into Europe and get them doing better. That would help the national side. Even the ones we’ve got in England don’t play European football.”

Strachan insists Scotland can qualify for France 2016 – if we are given a kind draw.

He said: “Can we qualify? Yes, we can. Do we need to get better? Yes, we need to get better. The reason for that is we can’t guarantee who will be playing us.

“If you look at the group we were in this time, Croatia, for long parts of it, were No.3 in the world. Belgium, who were in the third pot, developed into one of the best teams in the world. Wales had Gareth Bale, probably the third-best player in the world, so we were up against that.

“Then I look at other groups and I think “if we’d been in that, the way we are playing just now, we’d have qualified’.

“But we can’t sit there and hope we don’t get a strong group. We have to be ready for a strong group and to compete.

“We will play against players who are better than our individuals. What we have to do is make sure our group can beat other teams’ individuals.”

The key to success Gordon hinted at was to treat Scotland like a club.

He said: “It’s harder with an international squad. As a coach the job is to make a team better rather than individuals better.

“When we get together, it has got to be like a club side and we all know our job.

“You need to watch sometimes that you don’t contradict what their club managers are doing.

“I also make it clear that when they come here, this system might not suit their clubs but it is the best system for us.

“If I am a club manager, I am paying a player £40,000 a week and for that money, I can demand that he goes out there and does this or that or he’s dropped.

“As a Scotland manager, these players play for nothing unless they qualify for something. They only come along for me to ask them – it’s not a demand.

“But I have to send them home in a strong frame of mind and as confident as they were when they turned up.

“I’ve seen players – Gary McAllister for instance – who got horrendous stick and then I had to pick him up when he came back to Coventry. That was hard work.

“But if I can pass on something they can take back to their clubs, I am delighted with that.

“Hopefully we are at the point now where a lot of teams don’t want to play us.

“You never know what the draw is going to be and that could be a big thing. We were unlucky last time when we got two terrific sides and one world class player to play against and that wasn’t easy.

“But what we have to do is improve ourselves.”

To view Strachan’s full interview, it is available on PLZSoccer.com. Image courtesy of BBC.co.uk

 

Liverpool and Everton makes moves for Andrew Robertson

Liverpool and Everton look set to battle in the New Year for Andrew Robertson, reports suggest down south.

Everton look favourites to make the first move, but sources on Merseyside suggest that they could face competition from arch rivals Liverpool.

With much of the attention being focused on Ryan Gauld recently, it could be argued Robertson is favourite to leave with Gauld signing a new extension, taking his contract to May 2017.

With his only recognised first-team left-back Jose Enrique out until February after knee surgery, Liverpool’s manager is in the market for a new left back, with Robertson seeming to tick all the boxes. Merseyside youngster Joe Flanagan has been filling in at left back and starred with a goal against Spurs on Sunday. But he is seen as more of a right back.

Although Robertson seems keen to stay on Tayside which could be a stumbling block. Himself, Gauld and Souttar have recently moved into a flat together which shows the cohesiveness of the United team at the moment. With the team riding high in the Premiership and looking capable of beating anyone, it would take seven-figure bids before Thompson would consider selling Scotland’s current player of the month.