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Scotland v Finland: Friendly ‘so hard’ before Euro 2024 – Liverpool’s Robertson

Scotland ensured they will go at least a year without a home win

Andy Robertson playing football for Scotland

Scotland record breaker Andy Robertson said his side’s friendly against Finland had been “so hard” for a squad “full of excitement and dreams” at Uefa Euro 2024.

Steve Clarke’s players signed off with a 2-2 draw at Hampden Park, spurning a 2-0 lead and conceding an 85th-minute penalty.

“We’ve all come through it, that’s the most important thing,” said Robertson. “It’s so hard; I can’t tell you how hard it is when you’ve got something so big, so close and then you’ve got to prepare for it.

“The lads were really good, all things considered. We’re all fit and healthy and we board that plane on Sunday full of excitement and dreams. Let’s go for it.”

Scotland Euro 2024 ‘dream’

Robertson captained his national team for an unsurpassed 49th time and is now tasked with inspiring them to a positive result in the opening game of the finals against hosts Germany on June 14.

Scotland’s only win in their last six matches has been against minnows Gibraltar but they comfortably qualified for the tournament, running three-time Euro champions Spain close at the top of their group.

They are making a second successive Euro appearance but have never gone beyond the group stage in three attempts.

“There’s a lot of emotion,” Robertson said. “We’re going there to achieve our lifelong dreams. It’s round the corner, we’ve got the friendlies out of the way and it’s real.

“We qualified so early and so quickly that it feels as if we’ve been talking about it for so long. Now it’s on the horizon, so the Tartan Army can get excited, as we can and our families. It’s such an exciting time to be Scottish.”

Scotland v Germany: ‘Roll on Friday’

Scotland may need to be considerably better to gain at least a point against Die Mannschaft, who are considered contenders for the title.

Finland’s Arttu Hoskonen had diverted in a cross from Robertson to give the hosts the lead before Lawrence Shankland nodded in the Liverpool wideman’s delivery to double the advantage

“We were good for 60, 65 minutes and then took our foot off the gas a bit,” Robertson added. “It was a good exercise for us; roll on next Friday.”

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Ben Miller

Ben has more than 10 years' experience in sports journalism, covering two EURO tournaments, European club competitions, the Premier League, EFL and WSL and a variety of other major sporting events.