Andy Robertson explains touching reason for having ‘Cheeky V’ on his boots

Andy Robertson helped Liverpool end 30 years without a league title – and now he wants to end Scotland’s wait for qualifying for Europe and there is a special motivation for him.

“At international level, Scotland are two play-off wins away from qualification for Euro 2020 which will actually take place in 2021 due to the coronavirus,” Robertson writes in Robbo: Now You're Gonna Believe Us.

“The Scotland team has always been very important to my family as a whole, none more so than my auntie, Vera Murchie, who passed away at Christmas in 2013.

“The only times I have worn personalised boots – the play-off final with Hull, the Champions League final in Madrid and an international against Cyprus that I scored in – it has been in her memory.

“I have her date of birth, 27.05.56, on one boot and ‘Cheeky V’ on the other.

“A Cheeky Vimto was her favourite drink at family parties, she used to mix her own, and it’s something that I remember her by.

“When my mum, dad and Auntie Vera were growing up, Scotland qualified for every tournament, it was like Liverpool winning the league, and now it’s been far too long.

“This team has the potential to right that wrong.

“Our individual quality is there for all to see but now we have to show it as a team and deliver as a team.

“I have confidence that we will only get stronger and the sooner the better.

“Having just ended a 30-year wait with Liverpool, I now want to end a 22-year wait with Scotland.

“If that happens, I’ll be having a Cheeky Vimto in memory of my Auntie Vera.”

Luis told me I was the best in the world

When Liverpool beat Flamengo 1-0 in the Club World Cup final in Qatar in December they were on top of the world.

But Andy Robertson would soon be told he was the best left-back in the world by a player he looked up to.

“After the final whistle went I was determined to have a conversation with Flamengo’s full-back – but not Rafinha.

“The two of us did exchange a couple of pleasantries on the pitch but it was the other full-back, Filipe Luis, who I wanted to catch up with.

“Along with the likes of Patrice Evra, Ashley Cole and Jackie McNamara and Tom Boyd at Celtic, Luis was one of the players in my position who I had really looked up to.

“I watched him a lot when he was with Atletico Madrid and loved everything about him.

“I went over to him, commiserated about the result and was about to congratulate him for the unbelievable career he has had when he interrupted. ‘You’re the best left-back in the world,’ he said. Wow.

“That meant everything and I spoke to Ali about Filipe afterwards as he’s one of his best friends in Brazil.

“He told me what a great guy he is.

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“It meant a lot to get that respect from someone who has done it at the highest level for so many years.

“What he said surprised me – which might say something about me.

“You never let yourself believe anything like that, never, but coming from someone like him it was massive.

“Filipe has no reason to say it, other than he means it.”

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