Belfast Telegraph

Robertson still bullish over Scots' World Cup hopes

By Ronnie Esplin

Andrew Robertson believes Scotland can finish their 2018 World Cup qualification campaign with the four wins they might well need to get to Russia.

The Scots were denied a famous and much-needed Group F win against England at Hampden Park on Saturday when Harry Kane made it 2-2 in added time after two quick-fire free-kicks from Leigh Griffiths had overturned Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's opener for the Three Lions.

With six fixtures played, Gareth Southgate's side remain six points ahead of the fourth-placed Scots who trail Slovenia by three points and Slovakia by four with games running out.

Gordon Strachan's side travel to Lithuania on September 1, before a home game against Malta three days later, finishing off the section in October with the visit of Slovakia and a trip to Slovenia.

There is little if any margin for error remaining but the Hull defender remains confident:

Robertson said: "If you look at the fixtures we have got, we are capable of beating them all if we can perform like that (against England).

"Slovakia away (0-3) and Lithuania at home (1-1) were disappointing performances, we are not hiding away from that.

"But if we can up that performance by 10 or 20 per cent then I believe we have got the better of them and hopefully we can get beat the other two teams that we have already got points from

"The boys are disappointed because we know what it could have been.

"We have four games left and we know what we have to do."

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