Liverpool and Scotland star Andy Robertson can’t wait for the Euros to start (Image: Getty)
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Andy Robertson has warned Scotland will come out “all guns blazing” in an emotional backlash as they kick off their first tournament finals in 23 years.
Steve Clarke's squad flew into Glasgow yesterday from their Teesside training base and got an immediate blast of what this Euros means to the Tartan Army.
Their team bus was slowed on the M8 by cars sounding their horns and Clarke admitted: “It feels like everyone in the country is excited about the tournament and that’s fantastic.
“That said, I was a little bit nervous on the drive from the airport to the hotel and all the cars were slowing down to toot their horns! They were swerving to avoid each other but thankfully there were no incidents!
“It’s been a long wait – we’re all waited a long, long time for this moment – so let’s make the most of it. That’ll be the message.
“Everyone wanted to wish us well and that’s great. So we’re definitely aware of the magnitude of this game and know what it means to everyone.
Steve Clarke will keep a cool head as the Tartan Army go wild for the Euro kick off at Hampden Park
“And like we keep saying, we just want to get to the game and get started – and hopefully we can achieve a little bit more. And do the country proud."
Clarke decided not to train at Hampden Park last night ahead of their clash with the Czech Republic preferring his side to see the stadium first on game day.
Robertson said it was all about keeping his squad “calm and cool” on the eve of battle.
The Anfield defender said: “This is why we play football! Me and Billy (Gilmour) have been lucky enough to be in a Champions League final. Other lads have played in Cup finals, huge games, and must wins at club level and national team level.
“It is that feeling in your stomach that something exciting is going to happen the next day. It is about trying to control that, staying calm today then tomorrow go out all guns blazing into the game.
"We want to do our country proud.”
In their 198 matches since France '98, Scotland have been to hell and back. Up to 1990 they qualified for five consecutive World Cups.
They have had ten failed bids to qualify for a final tournament before they beat Serbia on penalties.
They dipped as low as 88 in the world rankings in 2005, an all-time low, hence the excitement now.
Robertson added: “There are kids, teenagers, lads in their 20s who have never seen us play at this level, so we hope to inspire them.
Clarke said: “When I was younger, it was taken for granted that Scotland would be at major tournaments. We lost the knack of qualifying.”
“The Tartan Army and country can get carried away. We can be excited about being involved but keep an emotional control and I believe we can get a good result if we do that.”
Scotland have top quality in their line up.
(Image: AFP via Getty Images)
He has a team full of energy. Robertson made his debut in 2014, Kieran Tierney and John McGinn in 2016, and Man U's Scott McTominay three years ago, all top Premier League quality.
Leader Robertson wants heads held high with confidence – something he says the national side has lacked until qualifying in November.
He added: “Before Serbia we were well on our way, but it gave us more belief. Since the manager came in he has always said we are a good squad, good players. But it seems there is a wee bit of belief lacking.
“To qualify for the first time in 23 years gives you belief you can do it again, or you can perform in big tournaments.
“I'd like us still to have more belief and confidence in ourselves. We need to show we are a right good team on our day.
Robertson added: “We have not been to Hampden yet. We trained in our camp base. We will leave Hampden until game day. It will be incredible.
“To have 12,000 in, and our families, will be great. I am sure all houses and beer gardens will be packed and everyone is looking forward to it."